Enabling a successful water power industry.

Improving the power performance and reliability of marine hydrokinetic technologies.
Addressing barriers to development, deployment, and evaluation of marine hydrokinetic devices.
Characterizing wave energy resources for improved test siting and device deployment.
Developing tools for optimizing the U.S. hydropower fleet’s performance with minimal environmental impact.
Our highly-professional personnel offer technical expertise and research experience to develop solutions to challenges faced by the water industry.

What is Marine Hydrokinetic Technology?

Marine hydrokinetic (MHK) technology harnesses energy from waves, currents and tides to create clean, renewable electricity. Because more than 50 percent of the U.S. population is concentrated near coastlines, water power has potential to dramatically reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels. Sandia’s Water Power Technology program leverages key research and engineering capabilities to help the emerging MHK industry overcome technical barriers to commercialization.

Investigations on Anti-biofouling Zwitterionic Coatings for MHK Is Now in Press

Sandia’s Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Advanced Materials program has a new publication on the antifouling efficacy of zwiterionic coatings. These polymeric coatings contain no metal and have both positive and negative chemical charges as part of […]

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Partners with Sandia to Install Aquion EES Demo

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and Sandia have signed an MOU to implement electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) in renewable-energy projects at their Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park.

Hawaii’s innovative green […]

Wave-Energy/-Device Modeling: Developing A 1:17 Scaled Model

Many theoretical studies show that additional energy can be captured through control of the power-conversion chains (PCCs) of resonant wave-energy converter (WEC) devices. The numerical models employed in these studies are, however, idealized to varying […]

New Small Business Voucher Pilot Opens

The highly anticipated Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot opens for business today. Through the pilot, small businesses can apply to access the Department’s world-class facilities and an enterprise of more than 10,000 […]