Below are news updates about hydropower and marine energy technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Water Power Technologies Office, and other federal agencies.

November 29, 2023

Small Business Grant Program Helps Entrepreneurs Advance Water Power Initiatives

The Water Power Technologies Office funds projects in a range of topics through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Learn about recent projects and the Phase I topics for Fiscal Year 2024.

November 17, 2023

Water Power Technologies Office Announces Nearly $1.8 Million for Continuing Marine Energy Projects at U.S. National Laboratories

The Water Power Technologies Office announced nearly $1.8 million for nine projects to further marine energy research and development at DOE’s national laboratories.

November 16, 2023

Funding Notice: Strategies to Increase Hydropower Flexibility

$9.5 million funding opportunity to strengthen hydropower's ability to support an electric grid with an increasing amount of variable renewable energy resources.

November 15, 2023

Reflecting on Water Power Competitions and Research at Clean Currents

During the Clean Currents conference, the Water Power Technologies Office kicked off the Hydropower Collegiate Competition, hosted competitors for the H2Os Prize, featured talks from national laboratory researchers at the DOE booth, and more.

November 13, 2023

DOE Launches $1.7 Million Prize to Power Offshore Economy with Marine Energy

DOE launched the Powering the Blue Economy™: Power at Sea Prize , which will award up to $1.7 million to competitors to advance technologies that use marine energy to power ocean-based activities

November 8, 2023

Ripple Effect: Chicken Coops and Magazines Nudged Two Hydropower Experts Into STEM; Now, They Hope to Bring in a New Generation

In honor of National STEM Day, Argonne National Laboratory’s Jonghwan Kwon and Quentin Ploussard share why they chose to pursue STEM careers and their work with high school students to encourage interest in hydropower.

November 7, 2023

DOE Announces Winners in First Round of Prize Focused on Novel Wave Energy Technologies

Nineteen teams split $285,000 in Phase I of the Innovating Distributed Embedded Energy Prize for their distributed embedded energy converter technology concepts to harness and convert the power of ocean waves into usable types of energy.

November 6, 2023

Unlocking Clean Energy Potential with Deployable, Scalable Hydropower

Learn how Emrgy Inc. is harnessing power from existing waterways using a technology advanced with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.

October 30, 2023

Award-Winning Software Helps Communities Plan Their Clean Energy Transition

Learn how a utility in Fairbanks, Alaska, and a national lab used tools to simulate the impact of clean energy technologies on the city’s power system.

October 25, 2023

Ocean Motion Technologies: Leveraging DOE Resources to Harness the Power of the Ocean

Learn how Ocean Motion Technologies leveraged a variety of DOE funding mechanisms to accelerate the commercialization of its marine energy technology.