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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR

Agency: Department of Energy
Program/Year: Both / 2012
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000715
Release Date: March 5, 2012
Open Date: April 3, 2012
Close Date: July 3, 2012
8b: Development of a Met-Ocean Package for Offshore Wind
Description: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Wind Technology Program (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/) seeks proposals for innovations that significantly advance the goal of large cost reductions in the deployment of U.S. wind power resources, including (a) Logistics for Land-Based Wind Power and (b) Development of a Met-Ocean Package for Offshore Wind.Development of a Standardized Met-Ocean Monitoring Package which would serve as one of the core elements of a standardized backbone data collection network for the offshore renewable energy industry is urgently needed.  Projects are sought to develop one or more standardized, commercially viable monitoring equipment package configurations to address met-ocean data needs, with emphasis on offshore wind, along with support likely needed for full validation. Key requirements are that measurements must support improved assessment of wind speed and direction, atmospheric stability, ocean waves, swells and currents, data sampling and communication rates consistent with advanced rapid refresh weather modeling data assimilation needs. A webinar will be offered to prospective applicants to provide further information on these requirements. These monitoring packages must also be able to serve as companion measurement platforms to specialized floating LIDAR systems for now in early stages of application.  Applicants are required to justify the economic viability of the proposed packageassuming near term (<5 years) industry deployment for project resource characterization. Examples of current standard met-ocean packages include the NOAA Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) and the NDBC Coastal-Marine Automated Network stations (www.nws.noaa.gov/asos/); NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) buoys (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/); and the University of Maine NERACOOS buoy package (http://gyre.umeoce.maine.edu/buoyhome.php)