DOE, BOEMRE, NOAA Announce Ocean RE Grants

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced eight joint research awards totaling nearly $5 million to support the responsible siting and permitting of offshore wind energy facilities and ocean energy generated from waves, tides, currents and thermal gradients.

Research funded under each of the program's eight topic areas will help reduce the environmental risks and regulatory uncertainties associated with offshore renewable energy deployment. The competitively selected, peer-reviewed research projects will identify and address information gaps that currently limit the development and deployment of these promising offshore renewable energy sources.

Portland, Ore.-based Pacific Energy Ventures will receive will $499,000 over two years to build a protocol framework for identifying, collecting and comparing environmental data relevant to offshore renewable energy projects.

Scientists and stakeholders will work together during this two-year project to develop and evaluate the protocol, which will outline the criteria and thresholds for collecting data for both baseline and operational monitoring studies for offshore wind, wave and tidal projects on the U.S. West Coast.Â

The University of Massachusetts' Marine Renewable Energy Center in Dartmouth, Mass., will receive $748,000 over two years to develop a technology roadmap for the application of advanced spatial survey technologies to the assessment and post-development monitoring of offshore wind and hydrokinetic renewable energy resources and facilities.

The emphasis will be on techniques that provide measurements over space and time. Most of the evaluations during this two-year project will use models and existing data to analyze performance, in addition to field tests intended to evaluate specific approaches.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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