Offshore wind farms are not without controversy but the U.S. Department of Energy is helping ensure that these projects are planned properly thanks to a series of financial awards totaling nearly $5 million. The DOE has awarded the money to help “support the responsible siting and permitting of offshore wind energy facilities and ocean energy generated from waves, tides, currents and thermal gradients.” Source: DOE

Eight competitively selected, peer-reviewed research projects will receive funding for their ocean-based renewable energy projects:

  • Bayesian Integration for Marine Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy Siting ($499,000 over two years)
  • Characterization & Potential Impacts of Noise Producing Construction & Operation Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf ($499,000 over three years)
  • Developing Environmental Protocols and Modeling Tools to Support Ocean Renewable Energy and Stewardship ($745,000 over two years)
  • Evaluating Acoustic Technologies to Monitor Aquatic Organisms at Renewable Sites ($746,000 over two years)
  • Protocols for Baseline Studies and Monitoring for Ocean Renewable Energy ($499,000 over two years)
  • Sub-Seabed Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Best Management Practices ($497,000 over three years)
  • Renewable Energy Visual Evaluations ($497,000 over three years)
  • Technology Roadmap for Cost Effective, Spatial Resource Assessments for Offshore Renewable Energy ($748,000 over two years)
This project is made possible through a joint funding process between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE).

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