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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) successes in developing sustainable, emissions-free, and cost-effective water power open new possibilities for this reliable, renewable resource. Explore EERE's water power success stories below.

December 17, 2018
EERE Success Story—First Composite Screw-Turbine Tested at Full-Scale in the United States
Percheron Power of Kennewick, Washington, recently concluded an initial round of prototype testing for their Composite Archimedes Hydrodynamic Screw.
August 13, 2018
EERE Success Story—Small Business Voucher Awardee Develops Approach for Evaluating Hydropower Potential from Conduits
Selected by the WPTO for the SBV Program, Telluride Energy, partnered with ORNL to develop approach for evaluating hydropower potential from conduits.
January 8, 2018
EERE Success Story—PNNL Develops EyeSea, a Machine-Learning Tool to Automate Video Analysis of MHK Sites
Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy taps into the movement of waves, tides, and water currents to turn a turbine and produce electricity.
November 29, 2016
Precast Dam Structure | Photo Courtesy French Development Enterprises
EERE Success Story—Innovative "French Dam" Cuts Cost and Construction Time
EERE Success Story—Innovative "French Dam" Cuts Cost and Construction Time
September 7, 2016
The Hydropower RAPID Toolkit uses an OpenEI wiki-based platform that makes permitting information easily accessible from one location. (Photo by Sarah Wagoner / NREL 38642)
EERE Success Story—Collaborating on Regulatory Processes for Hydropower

Take a team of hydropower experts from the Energy Department and its national laboratories, led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)....

July 28, 2016
Photo Courtesy: PNNL
EERE Success Story—Sturgeon, Lamprey, and Eel: Special Tags for Special Fish
EERE Success Story—Sturgeon, Lamprey, and Eel: Special Tags for Special Fish
July 5, 2016
EERE Success Story—Instrumentation Database Provides a Shared Forum to Increase Project Success
Instrumentation is the Achilles’ heel of testing.
April 20, 2016
Water Success Stories
EERE Success Story— Hydropower Fellowship Program Leading Students to Industry Careers
EERE Success Story— Hydropower Fellowship Program Leading Students to Industry Careers
April 8, 2016
WEC-Sim Phase 1 testing at the Oregon State University Hinsdale Directional Wave Basin.
EERE Success Story—Open-Source Testing Reaches New Milestone for Wave Energy
EERE Success Story—Open-Source Testing Reaches New Milestone for Wave Energy
July 29, 2015
The Azura device sits 30m out from the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Oahu.
EERE Success Story—Catching a Wave: Innovative Wave Energy Device Surfs for Power in Hawaii
EERE Success Story—Catching a Wave: Innovative Wave Energy Device Surfs for Power in Hawaii
July 7, 2015
Water Success Stories
EERE Success Story—From Flour to Grits, a Water-Powered Mill Keeps on Grinding
EERE Success Story—From Flour to Grits, a Water-Powered Mill Keeps on Grinding
May 28, 2015
Water Success Stories
EERE Success Story—First-ever Hydropower Market Report Covers Hydropower Generation Infrastructure
EERE Success Story—First-ever Hydropower Market Report Covers Hydropower Generation Infrastructure
June 5, 2014
EERE Success Story—Department of Energy Receives 2013 Partners in Conservation Award
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with its partners the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
June 4, 2014
EERE Success Story—Next-Generation Sensor Fish to Provide Data That Will Help Protect Real, Live Fish
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has redesigned the Sensor Fish, a small device deployed to study the conditions faced by fish swimming throug...
March 6, 2014
EERE Success Story—Advancing Technology Readiness: Wave Energy Testing and Demonstration
EERE’s support enabled Northwest Energy Innovations to verify the functionality of its Wave Energy Technology—New Zealand (WET-NZ) device.
March 6, 2014
EERE Success Story—Alden Fish Friendly Turbine Allows for Safe Fish Passage
Alden hydroelectric will provide a more sustainable option for producing electricity at more than 1,000 estimated environmentally sensitive hydropo...
November 6, 2013
EERE Success Story—Mapping the Potential of U.S. Ocean Energy
EERE's resource assessments show the scope of potential wave, tidal, and current energy development off of U.S. coasts, a technical potential of mo...
August 22, 2013
EERE Success Story—New Report States That Hydrokinetic Turbines Have Minimal Environmental Impacts on Fish
EERE has released a report assessing likelihood of fish injury and mortality from the operation of hydrokinetic turbines.
August 21, 2013
EERE Success Story—Kingston Creek Hydro Project Powers 100 Households
Hydropower project produces enough electricity to annually power nearly 100 typical American households.
April 18, 2013
EERE Success Story—Hydropower Generators Will Deliver New Energy from an Old Dam
City of Tacoma expands hydroelectric dam to produce more than 23,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually.
April 10, 2013
EERE Success Story—Tapping the Power of Alaska’s Rivers
Whitestone Power is working to create electricity from free-flowing rivers in Alaska's harsh climate.
April 10, 2013
EERE Success Story—Vortex Hydro Energy Develops Transformational Technology to Harness Energy from Water Currents
Laboratory testing of new hydrokinetic energy device to harness energy in slow-moving water currents.
April 10, 2013
EERE Success Story—Making Wave Power Efficient and Affordable
Atargis working to demonstrate world's first fully submerged wave energy converter system with 70% efficiency and cost below $0.14 per kilowatt hou...
April 9, 2013
EERE Success Story—Measuring the Impact of Tidal Power Installations on Endangered Beluga Whales
Ocean Renewable Power Company is studying the effects of tidal power on beluga whales.
April 9, 2013
EERE Success Story—Establishing a Testing Center for Ocean Energy Technologies in the Pacific Northwest
The University of Washington is researching tidal energy to maximize the energy extracted and understand potential marine ecosystem impacts.