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Orcas Power and Light Cooperative proposes to deploy a 242-foot floating tidal energy turbine on a trial basis in San Juan County’s waters, aiming to provide local power and help steer the region to a clean-energy future. (Orbital Marine Energy, Ltd.)

Utility Serving San Juan Islands Proposes to Harness Tidal Power

been conducted under a grant from the Department of Commerce’s Clean Energy Fund and the 2021 signing of a memorandum of understanding with Orbital.Orbital’s website postings describe the OPALCO-Orbital partnership as one of two proposed marine projects competing for a $6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant for the development of a “tidal energy research, development and demonstration pilot site.”A second project will take place in Cook Inlet in Alaska, DOE announced in February.Only one of the two proposals will be selected to move forward with development of a full project

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MacArtney's GreenLink Tech Picked for First Grid-Linked Wave Energy Test Site in US

MacArtney's GreenLink terminations have been selected to connect innovative wave energy technologies to the grid at the PacWave South wave energy test site, being built offshore Oregon.The PacWave South, run by Oregon State University (OSU) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Oregon, is being developed for testing and optimizing marine energy devices in open-ocean environments, driving the application of wave energy as a reliable power source.To ensure reliable grid connectivity from each berth to the shore-based facility, OSU and its selected prime marine contractor

Orbital O2 floating tidal turbine (Credit: Orbital Marine Power)

Orbital to Supply Floating Tidal Energy Turbine for Washington State Project

, has been confirmed as the technology partner for Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO)’s proposed site off Blakely Island in Rosario Strait, Washington State.Building on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Orbital and OPALCO in 2021, the latest update follows the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shortlisting two marine energy projects to receive $6 million for the development of a tidal energy research, development, and demonstration pilot site.At the end of the Phase 1 term, one of the two organizations will be funded to move forward with development of a full project.If it

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Weather Data Gathering Project Underway for US Offshore Wind

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched an 18-month initiative to gather extensive weather, ocean, and wildlife data near the sites of active offshore wind farms and lease areas off the coast of the Northeast United States.This effort, which is part of the third phase of the Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP3), seeks to gather high-quality data to improve the design and operation of offshore wind turbines and wind farms. Accurate forecasts are essential for maximizing wind plant output.“The major goal of WFIP3 is to

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US and Denmark Team Up for $4.2M Floating Wind Innovation Call

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) and Innovation Fund Denmark have announced an intention to release a $4.2 million funding opportunity to advance floating offshore wind energy systems.The announcement builds on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DOE, the Denmark Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the Denmark Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, and Innovation Fund Denmark signed in 2021.The proposed funding opportunity will focus on research to improve mooring technologies and methods, which are used to secure floating platforms

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US Invests Nearly $16 Million to Advance Marine Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced two marine energy projects will receive a combined $6 million to develop a tidal energy research, development, and demonstration pilot site in the United States.In addition, a community-led river current energy research and development project was selected to receive $9.5 million.Tides and currents are incredibly predictable, meaning these resources could help balance other sources of renewable energy and be important contributors to a 100% clean energy grid. This funding, supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, encourages U.S. leadership in

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WHOI Board Chair Paul Salem Gives $25 Million for Ocean-based Climate Solutions

change, we must invest in innovative ocean-based solutions that give us more eyes in the ocean in order to help us meet this generational challenge. WHOI is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in efforts to do exactly this.”In addition to Salem’s gift, recent funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), as well as gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations will support a growing ecosystem of fundamental and applied scientific research and engineering development at WHOI. These build on existing capabilities such as

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US DOE Launches $14.5M Marine Energy Research Call

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) have released a $14.5 million funding opportunity to support foundational research at higher education institutions related to marine renewable energies.The call is aimed at domestic institutions of higher education, including minority-serving institutions, as part of an effort to address challenges facing marine and ocean renewable energy industries and spur innovation and development.The opportunity will provide funding for foundational research and development (R&D)

University of Washington's Harris Hydraulics Lab, Part of TEAMER Network (Credit: TEAMER Program)

US DOE’s TEAMER Awards $1.3M to Marine Energy Researchers

The U.S. Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) Program, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has selected 10 projects to share $1.3 million for marine energy-related research.The projects have been selected as part of TEAMER Program’s 11th Request for Technical Support (RFTS).The marine energy projects will receive support for testing expertise and access to numerical modeling, laboratory or bench testing, tank/flume testing, and expertise within the growing TEAMER Facility Network.Selected applicants, along with their supporting facility, will now submit

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