The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of $6.7 million in funding to six recipients, with the goal of developing innovative marine energy technologies "capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources."
The money comes from DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
's Water Power Technologies Office, with a partnership between the Igiugig Village Council of Alaska and the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Maine receiving the single largest share with $2.3 million.
The funding will be used to further design, construct and test ORPC's "RivGen" turbine system, with the goal of improving installation, operation and maintenance strategies. The company previously demonstrated a RivGen device in Igiugig's Kvichak River in 2015 -- an effort that was recognized by the National Hydropower Association
with an Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters award.
DOE said the funding continues work begun last year, which seeks to identify the "specific unique electrical generation requirements for systems that operate in remote off-grid communities."
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