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Project Title:

Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment
PIN: DEPS-BEES-10-01        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Board on Energy & Environmental Systems DEPS
Ocean Studies Board

RSO: Holmes, John

Subject/Focus Area: Energy and Energy Conservation; Engineering and Technology

Project Scope
This committee will evaluate detailed assessments produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of the extractable energy from U.S. marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) resources (waves, tidal currents, ocean currents, marine temperature gradients, and free-flowing water in rivers and streams); review extractable energy estimates and technology specifications; and accurately compare the results across resource types. There are five assessments that will need to be evaluated by the committee addressing: (1) wave energy resources; (2) tidal energy resources; (3) hydrokinetic energy in streams and rivers; (4) marine thermal energy; and (5) ocean current energy. In addressing its statement of task, the committee will:

1)     interact with the principal investigators of each individual assessment developed by DOE to understand and question their approach and perhaps suggest additional information or methodological approaches to facilitate consistent comparison across the assessments;

2)     review and assess MHK technology -related data, critically analyzing methodologies, technical robustness, reliability, and assumptions related to the performance of the various technologies under consideration;

3)     review and assess each of the resource assessments, critically analyzing methodologies, technical robustness, and assumptions related to the resources that might be practicably available for energy conversion and potential limitations on these resources;

4)     based on its review and critique of the assessments, provide a defensible comparison of the potential extractable energy from each of the resource types;

5)     make recommendations, as appropriate, for improving the assessments, improving the consistency among the assessments, or for improving the methodologies for making the assessments;

6)     write an interim report reviewing the methodologies and assumptions, and provide any recommendations associated with the first two assessments being undertaken by DOE (wave and tidal energy); and

7)     write a final report reviewing all five of the assessments.

This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The approximate start date for the project is June 10, 2010.

An interim report will be released in early 2011 and a final report at the end of the project in approximately 20 months.

Project Duration: 20 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 11/15/2010
 Meeting 2 - 02/08/2011
 Meeting 3 - 03/15/2011
 Meeting 4 - 09/27/2011
 Meeting 5 - 12/12/2011
 Meeting 6 - 04/09/2012


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Letter Report Issued 07/13/2011
Final Report Issued 01/29/2013