The Department of Energy awarded up to $24.9 million in research funds Oct. 31 for low-head hydropower, in-stream hydrokinetics, and river-current and wave energy technologies.
Among the funding awards were:
- Percheron Power of Kennewick, Wash., to develop a helical fish-passage module to pass fish upstream and downstream of low-head hydropower plants.
- Natel Energy of Alameda, Calif., to design a "fish-friendly, horizontal-axial flow" low-head generation unit.
- CalWave Power Technologies of Berkeley, Calif., to develop a "submerged pressure differential" wave-energy converter with up to 45 kW of capacity.
- The University of Washington, to oversee testing infrastructure upgrades at marine-energy research centers, including the Pacific center jointly operated by UW, Oregon State University and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.