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Announcement: Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0001455 - HydroNEXT: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dam and Pumped- Storage Hydropower Development

Issue Date: 7/26/2016

Total Award Money: $9,800,000

FOA Objective: Further the development of NPD and PSH resources by reducing capital costs and deployment timelines.

Description: This FOA supports the Water Power Program's HydroNEXT initiative to lower costs, improve performance, and promote environmental stewardship across two resource classes: existing non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped-storage hydropower. Only 3% of nation's dams currently generate electricity. The non-powered dam technology projects will help tap this resource by supporting the development of low-head, modular designs that can reduce infrastructure and construction costs and operate flexibly over a range of flow conditions at existing dams. The pumped-storage projects will study the feasibility of innovative concepts for closed-loop pumped-storage hydropower systems.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Efficient Low‐Head Hydropower Turbine/Generator Technologies with Capability to Reduce Civil Works
  • Concept Feasibility of Innovative Technologies for Closed‐Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Systems

EERE Selections: Energy Department Awards up to $9.8 Million for Next-Generation Hydropower Technologies

Funding Awardee: 

Innovative Technologies that Reduce Pumped Storage Hydropower Capital Costs and Deployment Timelines:

  • Shell Energy North America of Houston, Texas
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Golden, Colorado
  • Obermeyer Hydro Accessories Inc. of Wellington, Colorado

Innovative Technologies to Add Power to Non Powered Dams:

  • Natel Energy, Inc. of Alameda, California
  • Canyon Hydro of Deming, Washington
  • Rickly Hydrological Company of Columbus, Ohio

 

Awardee CID

Date

DOE Award

Cost Share

Project Profile

EE0008011

2016

$1,725,000

$550,000

Efficient, Modular Low-Head Linear Pelton Turbine with Simple, Low-Cost Civil Works

Natel Energy is designing and engineering of a small- and intermediate-scale Linear Pelton (LP) hydroEngine machine, the first-ever implementation of a linear-free jet, single-stage impulse turbine that  works without cavitation and without need for submergence, enabling powerhouses to be built almost entirely above the water.

EE0008013

2016

$1,250,000

$1,032,000

Hydro Battery Systems Catalog Development

Shell Energy North America (SENA) is developing a standard design catalogue for fast-deploying, small, modular pumped storage hydropower (PSH) configurations featuring floating membrane technology options that would serve as a storage reservoir for closed-loop configurations.

EE0008014

2016

$1,180,665 

$424,600

Cost-Effective, Small-Scale Pumped-Storage Configuration

Obermeyer Hydro, Inc. is designing a cost-effective, small-scale, adjustable speed PSH by installing reversible pump turbines with submersible permanent magnet motor generators, optimized for the energy storage requirements in the United States.