Pixel Tracker

Friday, March 22 , 2019, 4:38 am | Fair 48º

 
 
 
 

Carpinteria Company Receives $2.4 Million Energy Grant

Funding will support Ecomerit Technologies' project to generate renewable electricity from ocean currents

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, announced Monday that Carpinteria’s Ecomerit Technologies will receive a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate the technological and commercial readiness of its Aquantis C-plane project, which seeks to generate renewable electricity from ocean currents.

The grant will advance the ability of marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies, such as Ecomerit’s Aquantis C-plane, to contribute to the nation’s electricity supply, while making the United States a leader in the marine energy industry.

The grant is part of $37 million in grants announced by the department to support 27 marine and hydrokinetic energy technology projects across the country. Ecomerit also has received $1.35 million in Recovery Act funding.

“This is more good news for the growing green business revolution on the Central and South Coasts,” Capps said. “Our region has quickly become a hot spot for the future clean energy economy, and small businesses like Ecomerit are just one of our many leading innovators. This Energy Department grant will ensure that Ecomerit’s promising marine energy technology can move to market quickly, spurring economic growth, creating jobs and helping to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.”

“The DOE support for the Aquantis C-plane is an important milestone that will significantly advance technology for harnessing the abundant energy resource of the Atlantic’s Gulf Stream current, a previously untapped source of renewable energy,” said James Dehlsen, CEO of Dehlsen Associates LLC/Ecomerit. “This has the potential to provide the southeastern coastal states with gigawatt amounts of clean, renewable electric power, enabling state compliance with future Federal renewable energy mandates, while creating thousands of quality jobs in manufacturing, turbine deployment, and for crews of the fleet of operating and maintenance vessels that will follow.”

The nation’s ocean waves, tides, currents, thermal gradients and free-flowing rivers represent a promising energy source located close to centers of electricity demand. The Department of Energy is working with industry, universities, national laboratories and other groups to develop technologies capable of harnessing these resources to generate environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive power.

“These innovative projects will help grow water power’s contribution to America’s clean energy economy,” Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

— Ashley Schapitl is the press secretary for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth Wagner
"I typically do whatever it takes to properly expose the property and get it out to the widest possible audience."

Full Profile >

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >