Reference Model Project (RMP)

The Reference Model Project (RMP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), was a partnered effort to develop open-source marine hydrokinetic (MHK) point designs as reference models (RMs) to benchmark MHK technology performance and costs, and an open-source methodology for design and analysis of MHK technologies, including models for estimating their capital costs, operational costs, and levelized costs of energy (LCOE). The RMP team included a partnership between DOE, and four national laboratories—Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

We encourage MHK developers to apply the RMP methodology, with the appropriate reference resource sites, to design and estimate LCOE for their technologies. For this purpose, we have archived supporting documentation on this website. In addition to the overarching report by Neary et al. (2014), this web site provides details of the project, supplementary documents, including supporting design and analysis reports, and Excel spreadsheet files that provide a detailed cost breakdown structure and LCOE for each RM model.

Access the documents here.

Figure 1. Methodology for design, analysis, and LCOE estimation for MEC technologies.