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									                                  DOE Notice of Intent (NOI)

            Marine Hydrokinetic Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative
                           NOI Number: DE-FOA-0000310

Program Manager/Area:

Megan McCluer, Program Manager, Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No: DE-FOA-0000293


This announcement is intended to provide potential applicants advance notice of the upcoming
Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology FOA. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships,
formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is
anticipated that this FOA will be posted to FedConnect, no later than March 31, 2010. Please do
not respond or submit questions in response to this Notice of Intent.

The Department of Energy‟s (DOE) Golden Field Office (GO) intends to issue, on behalf of the
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Hydropower
Technologies Program (WHTP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Marine
and Hydrokinetic Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative”.

In this regard, DOE intends to solicit applications from industry-led partnerships that propose to
advance the technology readiness of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies (systems
and/or components), using MHK-specific technology readiness level (TRL) definitions and
guidelines, as devised by DOE. For the purposes of this solicitation:
     MHK technologies refer to systems that produce renewable electricity by harnessing the
         kinetic or thermal gradients of a body of water; including, but not limited to: waves,
         currents, tides, free-flowing rivers, and ocean thermal energy. Regarding ocean thermal
         energy technologies, only applications for component development will be eligible.
     For subtopic area 2 (see below) the industry lead can be a technology developer, and/or a

Technology readiness levels are used by numerous federal agencies and many private sector
companies, as a metric to assess the maturity of evolving technologies in a consistent and
uniform manner. The adoption of this metric is being proposed to guide and evaluate MHK
technology development efforts and to accelerate the operational readiness of MHK systems and

Preliminary definitions of DOE‟s proposed TRL categories are as follows:

 TRL #            TRL Description                               TRL Definition
TRL 1-3      Discovery / Concept           Paper, analytic and laboratory studies validating
             Definition                    concepts have been performed; first order energy
                                           capture model developed that allows rough order of
                                           magnitude cost-to-manufacture and COE projections.
 TRL 4       Proof of Concept              Component and/or system mock-up at a scale model
                                           level, validating form, fit and function (F3)
 TRL 5       Laboratory Validation of      Component and/or system testing is performed in a
             Scale Model                   laboratory-simulated environment.
 TRL 6       Test Facility Validation of   Well evolved scale-model or prototype system is
             Scale Model                   tested and demonstrated in a test facility capable of
                                           simulating the operational environment.
 TRL 7       Open Water System Test        System prototype, incorporating final design
             and Validation                evolutions, is tested in the applicable open-water
 TRL 8       System Demonstration /        Final system design achieved, with all applicable
             Operational Verification      specifications and performance parameters verified.
 TRL 9       Commercial-Scale              The system is in production and being
             Application                   applied/deployed in commercial applications.

Specific subtopics of interest are:

    1. Marine and Hydrokinetic Technologies- Concept Development: The objective of this
   topic area is to stimulate and support technological innovation for the investigation and
   advancement of innovative water power technologies at both the component and system
   level, with a focus on funding projects in DOE TRL 1-3, and advancing the best concepts to
   TRL 4. We intend to fund analytical studies of innovative concepts or projects that propose a
   sound but novel approach to a potentially important water power technology, science, or
   engineering breakthrough that can be applied to, or add to the portfolio of, innovative water
   power technologies. This can be a solution or an improvement to an existing component or
   system, or the pursuit of a new technology or system, with the principal focus on systems
   capable of producing utility-scale electricity.
   Projects shall evaluate, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of
   ideas that appear to have commercial potential and/or substantial applications in support of
   water power technologies. These projects may; (a) focus on innovative water power systems
   that seek to effectively capture the hydrokinetic energy of waves or currents for the
   production of electricity, or, (b) seek to develop advanced components for existing water
   power systems (such as power takeoff devices). The grant application should concentrate on
   research that will contribute to proving scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or
   concept. As stated above, the principal objective is to advance “concepts” that fall within
   DOE TRL 1-3 (Concept Definition) to DOE TRL 4 (Proof of Concept).

   2. MHK Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Advancement: The objective of this topic area
   is to advance the technological and operational readiness of water power technologies
   (systems and components) with a focus on funding projects in DOE TRL 4 – 9. DOE‟s
   Water Power Program intends to employ TRLs as a systematic and consistent metric that
   supports assessments and comparisons of the maturity of a wide range of diverse and
   sometimes competing water power technologies. Through this initiative, the Program will
   use TRLs to make decisions concerning the following:
        1. the appropriate TRL designation (e.g., the current development status) of water power
           technologies and systems;
        2. the selection of, and funding amounts for, water power technologies (systems and
           components) in various TRLs.
        3. the effective transitioning of technologies along the TRL scale towards “operational
           readiness” and commercialization;

           Applicants will be required to (1) appropriately self-categorize their technology based
       on DOE TRL definitions and guidelines that will be further defined and included in the
       FOA, and (2) present a comprehensive RDT&E plan that advances the technology
       readiness (as measured by advances in TRL categorization) of the technology (system or

General Information:
The concept and application of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are discussed in greater
detail in the report, Best Practices: Successful Application to Weapon Acquisitions Requires
Changes in DOD’s Environment (GAO/NSIAD-98-56, Feb. 24, 1998) and Best Practices:
Better Management of Technology Development Can Improve Weapon System Outcomes.

Applicants may also be interested in reviewing the report, Ocean Energy: Development and
Evaluation Protocol (HMRC, September 2003), and/or Tidal-current Energy Device
Development and Evaluation Protocol (UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (URN
08/1317), released 2008

This announcement is intended to provide potential applicants advance notice of the upcoming
Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology FOA. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships,
formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is
anticipated that this FOA will be posted to FedConnect, no later than March 31, 2010. Please do
not respond or submit questions in response to this Notice of Intent.

There are several one-time actions prospective applicants must complete in order to submit an
application through FedConnect. All interested parties must be registered with FedConnect,
have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered
with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Due to the likelihood of a short response period,
interested applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure these requirements have been met.
Applicants may use the FedConnect Quick Start guide at
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf for
assistance with the FedConnect registration process. Designating an E-Business Point of Contact
(EBiz POC) and obtaining a special password called an MPIN are important steps in the CCR
registration process. Applicants not yet registered with CCR and FedConnect should allow at
least 21 days to complete these requirements. It is strongly recommended that the process be
started as soon as possible.

If your organization does not have a DUNS number, go to the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) online
registration located at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do to receive a number
free of charge or call 1-866-705-5711.

The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business
information about the Federal Government's trading partners in support of the contract award,
grants, and the electronic payment processes.

To see if your organization is already registered with CCR, check the CCR website located at
http://www.bpn.gov/ccrinq/scripts/search.asp. You will be able to search CCR by using either
your organization‟s DUNS Number or legal business name. If your organization is already
registered, take note of who is listed as the organization‟s E-Business Point of Contact (E-
Business POC). This person will be responsible for registering in FedConnect.

To register in FedConnect, go to https://www.FedConnect.net/FedConnect/ or contact the
FedConnect Helpdesk at support@fedconnect.net Please note that the system functionality of
FedConnect requires organizations to be registered with the CCR before registering with
FedConnect. (FedConnect „Quick Start Guide‟:
https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf )

If your organization is not registered in CCR, go to the CCR Website at http://www.ccr.gov and
select the "Start New Registration" option to begin the registration process. Please allow up to 7
days for processing of your registration which includes the IRS validating your Employer
Identification Number (Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number). The
organization‟s E-Business POC will be designated during the CCR registrations process. A
special Marketing Partner ID Number (MPIN) is established as a password to verify the E-
Business POC.

The DOE will not entertain questions at this time. Once the FOA has been posted, all registered
users will be able to submit questions through FedConnect.

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE‟s intention to issue this
FOA. DOE reserves the right to change the requirements of any proposed FOA, issue a FOA
involving only a portion of the elements listed, or not issue a FOA at all. Any of the information
contained in this Notice is subject to change. Any amounts proposed for funding are subject to
the availability of funding.

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