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The Sandia-led Reference Model Project (RMP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a partnered effort to develop marine hydrokinetic (MHK) reference models (RMs) for wave energy converters and tidal, ocean, and river current energy converters. The RMP team includes a partnership between DOE; four national laboratories—Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); two consulting firms—Re Vision Consulting, LLC, and Cardinal Engineering; the University of Washington; and Pennsylvania State University.
The RMP was initiated to:
The RMP download page contains links to an overarching report that provides project details, supplementary documents, including supporting design and analysis reports, and Excel spreadsheet files that provide detailed cost breakdown structure and LCOE for each RM. We encourage MHK developers with similar MEC technology archetypes to apply our methodology, with the appropriate reference resource sites, to design and estimate LCOEs for their technologies.