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Development of Technologies Related to Siting and Environmental Evaluation of Ocean and Coastal Renewable Energy Systems

Description:

The ocean and coastal zones of the United States contain reserves of potential energy that have not yet been tapped to meet the increasing demands of an energy-hungry nation.  Successfully tapping this energy will rely on more than just new energy harvest technologies – it will rely on the ability to site such projects in an environmentally sound way, and to assess the environmental impacts of such emplacements in a logical, efficient manner.

 

Project Goals: Projects should involve the development of innovative observing technologies that support siting decisions and/or evaluation of environmental impacts of renewable ocean energy technologies such as a) biofuels developed from microalgae or macroalgae, b) wave, c) tidal/current, d) geothermal, e) offshore/coastal wind, or f) ocean-thermal energy conversion.    NOAA is not interested in development of energy systems at this time.

 

Phase I Activities and Expected Deliverables:

·         Clearly identify need

·         Develop proof of concept

 

Phase II Activities and Expected Deliverables:

·         Develop prototype

·         Test prototype

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