The Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER™) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and directed by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), enables access to marine energy (ME) testing and expertise through open funding calls to support technology developers and researchers seeking access to the nation’s best facilities and expertise. TEAMER plans to distribute approximately $15 million through competitive opportunities (known as Requests for Technical Support, or RFTSs) to support marine energy testing and development projects over the next several years.
TEAMER is built around three core concepts:
• Access to testing infrastructure. Provide device developers and researchers with access to a wide range of facilities at minimal cost, allowing for a much faster and more streamlined integration of physical testing and validation into the design process.
• Access to world-class expertise. Pair technology developers and researchers with the nation’s leading marine energy experts, providing desktop assistance and access to modeling tools and support.
• Consistent testing protocols. Implement consistent testing protocols for use in the facility network, and create a repository of marine energy performance data that will serve the industry.
The program is designed to include a wide array of U.S. ME and ME-relevant testing facilities, including laboratory and small-scale facilities; wave and current tanks, basins, tunnels and flumes; and open ocean/ field-based testing sites. TEAMER will also support requests for assistance with numerical modeling, simulation, data collection, analysis and other areas of technical expertise.