New MHK Cost-Reduction Pathways White Papers Will Inform the Water Power Program’s Strategy – Comments Welcome
The Water Power Program is seeking to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. As part of this process, the program has developed a series of white papers, in collaboration with DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, focused on identifying the critical cost drivers and opportunities to reduce the levelized cost of energy from MHK devices. These Cost-Reduction Pathways were evaluated through a long-term lens, assuming large deployment numbers, and are intended to identify cost reduction opportunities for technology development only. The results are the set of pathways the MHK community as a whole need to address, and each pathway has an associated set of actionable research paths identified. The white papers will inform the program’s strategy in that a subset of the research paths are clearly in the DOE mission, and DOE is uniquely positioned to address them going forward.
Read the MHK Cost Reduction Pathways white papers—covering axial flow turbines, attenuators, point absorbers, and floating oscillating wave columns—and log in to the Water Power Gateway on Open Energy Information to provide comments. The Water Power Program is particularly interested in feedback on which pathways are priority, considering relative impact to cost of energy and feasibility for success through research and development advancements. DOE also welcomes feedback on technological pathways not identified in the white papers.