This article discusses various aspects of research funding that seeks to use waves, tides, and thermal in different useful ways. The Department of Energy (DOE) program is set to explore technology that aims to harness some of the ocean’s energy and put it to work. It also presents a conception of a field of water mills designed by Marine Current turbines that turn the currents of tides into electricity. The researchers believe that the tidal energy resource is both reliable and predictable. With the escalating costs of oil and natural gas, it will become a viable resource soon. The DOE’s new program in marine renewable energies is an attempt to tap into a vast resource. Electrical utilities and private companies have made early commitments to participate in the centers. While conducting their own research, the universities will assist in the establishment of ocean field-testing sites and help the DOE keep a recently created marine renewable energy data base up to date.

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