Littoral Power Systems Selected for Another DOE Grant

Fall River-based hydropower tech firm's latest grant worth $4.2 million
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Jan. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- Littoral Power Systems, Inc. (LPS) was selected for another award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award from the DOE's Water Technology Office is for the refinement of LPS's in-current hydrokinetic energy turbine system specifically aimed at harvesting power economically from low-velocity ocean and river currents.

South Coast resident and LPS's CEO David Duquette will serve as Principal Investigator on the $4.2 million project, which is a continuation of an effort previously supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC).

The goals of the project are to improve on the baseline design of the LPS system, to lower technical risks to commercialization, and to test prototypes in the Tanana River in Alaska and the lower Gulf Stream off West Palm Beach, Florida.  The overall objective is to demonstrate a system that can realistically develop power at a price that is competitive with real-world electricity pricing.

Duquette said, "There's no shortage of technical and economic challenges to developing ocean power at grid scale, but it is an intriguing part of a renewable energy portfolio because it is entirely predictable and imposes no visual or sonic consequences.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out this project in the South Coast.  The area can certainly boast of matchless savvy in just about anything related to the ocean.  We aim to show that clean power can be inexpensive, easy to look at, easy to work with, and truly benign in terms of environmental effects."

Other participants include GE Global Research, Turbo Solutions Engineering LLC, Alden Research Laboratory, Florida Atlantic University SE National Marine Renewable Energy Center, the and Alaska Center for Energy & Power.

Kathie Leighton, Project Manager at LPS, said, "We also want to thank our colleagues at UMass-Dartmouth, the UNH Ocean Laboratory, the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, and a very special group at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. for looking over our shoulder, believing in us, and cheering us on in all these efforts. We are also immensely grateful to the MA CEC for the patience and support they have contributed, without which this project simply would not have come together."

About Littoral Power Systems, Inc.

LPS was formed 2014 by industry veterans to develop and sell innovative renewable energy technologies and products with extreme attention to cost-effectiveness and low environmental impacts. Visit for more information.

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