Sandia National Laboratories, through a partnership with several national laboratories and academic institutions, is leading three topic areas for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) research. The topic areas are:

  • Technology development through supporting research and testing
  • Market acceleration through environmental assessment
  • Reference model development

Sandia is also supporting work with Argonne National Laboratory in conventional hydropower optimization.


Sandia will receive more than $9 million over three years from a DOE competitive laboratory solicitation for the development of advanced water power technologies.

DOE EERE Technologist in Residence Pilot

The EERE Technologist in Residence pilot program is intended to catalyze strong national laboratory–industry relationships that result in significant growth in high-impact collaborative R&D. This pilot program’s goals are to

increase collaborative R&D between national laboratories […]

CFD-Populated Empirical Turbine Wake Model

The DTOcean team is developing a fast-running, easy to use current-energy capture (CEC) array spacing tool that considers tidal array performance vs efficiency. In support of this effort, Sandia has been assisting in developing the […]

Floating Oscillating Water Column Reference Model Completed

The DOE-supported Reference Model Project was developed to provide publicly available technical and economic benchmarks for a variety of marine energy converters. The final reference model, an oscillating water column (OWC) device, has been completed. […]

Developing a Fast-Running Turbine Wake Model

As part of the international collaboration for DTOcean, a project aimed at accelerating the industrial development of ocean-energy power-generation knowledge and providing design tools for deploying the first generation of wave and tidal energy converter […]