Grant for Studying Use of Buoy to Capture Energy from Ocean Currents

  • Capturing energy from ocean currents project wins EPA grant. (Nanowerk News) A University of California, Riverside student recently learned he will receive a $15,000 grant from an EPA national sustainable design competition for his idea to capture energy from ocean currents. Raul Delga Delgadillo, who will be a senior this fall at the Bourns College of Engineering, plans to spend the upcoming school year building a small-scale turbine and buoy system and testing it in a flow tank to determine the best way to maximize energy extraction. He expects the system will provide as much energy as an average wind turbine.

Progress at the Department of Energy for Funding R & D

On 8/16/2013 I attended a teleconference re opportunities for funding of R & D sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy. This teleconference was similar to one I attended last year on the same topic. I was happy to see one difference — topics judged to be suitable for funding included a subtopic, “other.” That change means that applicants for funding might get support even if their projects would not necessarily fit within a subtopic that had been narrowly defined by staff at the DOE. Last year, I submitted a pre-application document that specified I would seek a grant to help investigate the feasibility of employing an Energy Island as a source of generated electricity. I got back what was basically a form letter that said my project would not fall within guidelines for funding. I sent a letter complaining that the guidelines were too narrow and would screen out projects with good prospects for important advancements in the area of hydropower applications. I got back another form letter to the effect that the department was too busy to respond to letters in response to notifications like the one I got. That is all in the past now, so I plan to re-submit last year’s pre-application. You can see that pre-application at Pre-Application for R & D Funding from the DOE.