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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that Scientific Solutions, Inc. of Nashua has been awarded $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of $37 million in grants aimed at accelerating the technological and commercial readiness of emerging marine and hydrokinetic technologies, which seek to generate renewable electricity from the nation's oceans and free-flowing rivers and streams.

"New Hampshire is poised to lead the way in our transition to a clean energy economy, and innovative local companies like Scientific Solutions are part of the reason why," said Shaheen.  "Investing in clean energy technologies will help create and preserve good jobs in our communities, while reducing our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and making us less reliant on foreign sources of oil." 

Scientific Solutions, Inc. will use the funding to develop a full-scale acoustic detection system for marine and hydrokinetic energy devices.  The system will be used to monitor underwater locations for marine life and debris that may contact the devices.

The $37 million in funding represents the largest single investment of federal funding to date in the development of marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies and will help grow water power's contribution to America's clean energy economy.

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.  The Department of Energy will leverage private sector investments in marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies by providing cost-shared funding to industry and industry-led partnerships.