Through its Water Power Program, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $1.8 million to NWEI to develop the WET-NZ from early-stage testing to commercialization in the U.S.  This funding, which was matched by more than $1.2 million from the Crown Estate of New Zealand, is being utilized to execute our comprehensive R&D program, which integrates the U.S. activities with completed and ongoing work in New Zealand.  NWEI is also collaborating with technical experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to conduct open water testing, refine designs and improve device performance.