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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review on October 8-10, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. The majority of projects in WPTO's Fiscal Year 2017‒2018 research and development (R&D) portfolio were presented to the public and systematically reviewed by external subject-matter experts from industry, academia, and federal agencies. The 2019 Project Peer Review included tracks across all of the Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) and Hydropower Programs' technology areas, including:

  • MHK Foundational and Crosscutting R&D
  • MHK Technology-Specific System Design and Validation
  • Reducing Barriers to MHK Testing
  • MHK Data Sharing and Analysis
  • Technology R&D for Low-Impact Hydropower Growth (HydroNext)
  • Grid Reliability and Resilience / HydroWIRES
  • Environmental R&D and Hydrologic Systems Science
  • R&D to Support Modernization, Upgrades and Security for Existing Hydropower Fleet
  • Big Data Access and Management

View the 2019 Water Power Peer Review Report and Presentations.

Past Peer Reviews

All programs within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are required to undertake rigorous, objective peer reviews covering their key projects, as well as 80–90% of their funded active project portfolio every two years. This ensures and enhances the management, relevance, effectiveness, and productivity of those projects.