Source: Energy.gov, March 22
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding to establish a new testing program for marine energy technologies. The U.S. Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) Program will bring together capabilities from universities and the national laboratory system to provide marine energy developers ready-access to unique, world-class testing facilities and expertise.
Physical testing of devices and components is a critical step to validate device performance and computer models throughout the research and development (R&D) process. Testing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) devices is inherently more complex and time consuming than testing other, land-based energy technologies, and as facilities appropriate for testing wave and tidal power systems often have limited availability.