Department of Energy Invests $16 million to Harvest Wave and Tidal Power

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested $16 million dollars into 17 projects to capture energy from waves, tides and marine currents. Three of these projects will focus on electromagnetic waves and the effects on marine wildlife.

Electric Power Research Institute will assess how electromagnetic fields generated by undersea electricity transmission may affect marine species.

Florida Atlantic University plans to characterize the electromagnetic field emissions at the Navy’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility to analysis and assess how electromagnetic fields affect the behavior of local marine species and sea‐floor communities.

Vantuna Research Group will conduct a review of existing literature related to the impacts of electromagnetic fields associated with technologies similar to marine and hydrokinetic devices, and evaluate potential effects on specific species or groups.

Read more about the other projects that will help increase power production and the reliability of wave and tidal devices.