Department of Energy Seeks Information on Marine Energy Report

What if autonomous ocean sensors could produce their own energy, rather than rely on batteries or cables to power data collection? How might isolated communities benefit from harnessing the power of ocean waves or currents? The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) at the Department of Energy seeks information from the public on a draft report that details the current economic and technical landscapes for 12 maritime markets where applications may exist for marine energy technologies. The markets are: Ocean Observations, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles/Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Recharge, Data Centers, High Cost Utility Grids, Isolated Community Grids, Canal Power, Aquaculture, Algae, Desalination of Seawater, Seawater Mining, Shoreline Protection, and Disaster Relief and Recovery.

WPTO is seeking feedback on the content of the draft report, input on the value of each market, and recommendations on next steps and future efforts to investigate potential markets. The office seeks stakeholder feedback by 5:00pm (ET) on July 31st, 2018. Broad feedback is sought from stakeholders including marine scientists, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and coastal communities. Marine energy expertise is not required to contribute comments.

Read the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies: Maritime Markets Report and leave your comments here.