By Tim Ryan

In a newly announced development, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its commitment to fostering innovation in the realms of solar technology, marine energy, hydropower, and pumped storage systems. This initiative represents a significant opportunity for local entrepreneurs and companies specializing in solar and water power solutions to propel their ideas into reality with the support of the DOE’s Power Connector network.

The OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub, in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Old Dominion University, is spearheading this endeavor by hosting two informative Zoom sessions. These sessions are designed to guide interested parties through the application process, providing crucial information on submission deadlines and resources available to assist in both the grant application process and the commercialization of innovative ideas.

Scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, from 1 to 2 PM EST and Thursday, December 14, from 11 AM to 12 PM EST, these sessions are not just informative but also accessible, being free and open to the public. Such inclusivity ensures that a wide array of individuals and businesses from the Hampton Roads community can benefit from this opportunity.

To participate in this groundbreaking event, registration is required, which can be easily done through the following link: Register Here.

These sessions underscore the vibrant and collaborative spirit of innovation that thrives in our region. By bringing together the expertise of the DOE and the local academic prowess of Old Dominion University, the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub is setting a precedent for how academic institutions and federal agencies can work in tandem to bolster the local economy and foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Furthermore, the recording of both sessions will ensure that those unable to attend can still access this valuable information, thereby amplifying the reach and impact of this initiative.

In Hampton Roads, where the spirit of innovation is deeply embedded in our community’s ethos, this initiative by the DOE and the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub represents more than just a funding opportunity; it is a beacon of inspiration, urging our local entrepreneurs and innovators to dream big and aim high. Let’s seize this moment to showcase the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that Hampton Roads is known for. Join these sessions and be a part of shaping the future of energy and technology in our region and beyond.