October 8, 2008

Ocean Energy

By Anonymous

The MMS released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for oil Spill Response Research and Decommissioning July 16, 2008, requesting potential contractors submit five-page White Papers on research topics of current interest to them. The title of the BAA is oil Spill Response Research and Decommissioning, but there is a topic within the BAA that should be of interest to all wave and/or current energy conversion device developers. Topic 9 is "Ohmsett Testing of Wave Energy Technologies". Ohmsett is a large outdoor above ground concrete test tank that measures 667 feet long by 65 feet wide by 11 feet deep. It is filled with 2.6 million gallons of crystal clear salt water, has a wave generator capable of generating 3-foot high waves, and has a moveable bridge that spans the tank capable of towing equipment at speeds of 6.5 knots, while state-of-the art data and video data are collected above and below the water's surface. Information on Ohmsett can be found on the website (www.ohmsett.com). It is the intention of MMS to reserve a block of time at the Ohmsett test facility to test wave energy technologies and/or devices. MMS is in effect, looking for "self-nomination" of technologies and/or devices to test during these timeframes. MMS will cover the expenses of operation of the Ohmsett facility. Owners/ operators would be responsible for any additional expenses, (i.e. transportation to the facilities, their staff time, etc.). Responses were due August 18th. Officials from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and its Center for Ocean energy (COET) accompanied Florida Governor Charlie Grist on a recent visit to UK universities and organizations to continue discussions, exchange information, and formalize agreements in areas of clean ocean energy, environmental issues and climate change. Last year, Florida and the UK signed a partnership agreement on global climate change, physically tying one to the other by the Gulf Stream. The Florida Legislature originally awarded COET with a $5 million grant and more recently $8.75 million for research and development. The COET is focused on the ocean as a sustainable baseload energy resource in two main forms: OTEC and ocean currents.

S.D.E, a wave energy technology company, has signed an agreement for selling wave power plants throughout China. Financing will come from investors in Hong Kong and China. Two joint venture companies formed in Hong Kong will build an initial model in the Guangzhou province in southern China. If successful, they plan to establish wave power plants throughout China. Wave power is considered even more feasible in China due to earthquakes and typhoons that can have a major impact on hydroelectric and nuclear power plants and wind farms. According to S.D.E., wave energy has the potential to supply four times more energy per square meter than wind and could supply 500 times the world's electricity requirements. Copyright Technology Systems Corporation Sep 2008

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