The mission of DOE's Water Power Program is to perform and sponsor the necessary research, development, test, evaluation, and demonstration of innovative water power technologies, in order to effectively generate renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective electricity from MHK resources. Considering the early-stage of development of the industry and most MHK technologies, the Program will employ Technology Readiness Levels, or TRLs, as a means to assess the technical maturity of various types of marine and hydrokinetic water power technologies, in a consistent and uniform manner. It is the intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance the technical and operational readiness of marine and hydrokinetic systems and components across a range of TRLs, with the unified goal of accelerating the development and deployment of these technologies to provide a domestic source of clean, affordable energy that is both economical and ecologically responsible.
Federal funding for the Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be up to $15.36 million, with the possibility of continued funding at, or near, fiscal year 2010 levels for up to an additional two years. This FOA seeks applications in the following Topic Areas:
Topic Area 1: MHK Technologies Concept Development (TRLs 1-3)
Topic Area 2: MHK Technology Readiness Level Advancement (TRLs 4-9)
Funding will be made available in each Topic Area for the advancement of both MHK "systems" and "components" as defined in the FOA. For the purposes of this announcement, "device" will refer to the technology in question and can be either a system or component.