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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office enables research, development, and testing of emerging technologies to advance marine energy as well as next generation hydropower and pumped storage systems for a flexible, reliable grid.


Energy Department Moves Marine Energy Collegiate Competition to Virtual Format
May 21, 2020
During the new virtual event, the 15 participating teams will showcase the deliverables they developed for the competition.
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WPTO Announces $4.4 Million for Phase I Small Business Innovation Projects
May 21, 2020
Small businesses are receiving Phase I Release 2 grants for innovations that demonstrate technical feasibility during the first phase of research.
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New Round of Hydroelectric Incentive Funding Now Available
May 12, 2020
The Water Power Technologies Office is now accepting applications for $7 million in the latest round of funding under section 242 of EPACT.
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WPTO Issues RFI for Hydropower Program R&D Strategy and HydroWIRES Research Roadmap
May 1, 2020
WPTO is releasing an RFI to gain feedback for the Hydropower Program R&D strategy and the research roadmap for HydroWIRES initiative.
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Celebrating Earth Day at WPTO: R&D to Protect Our River and Marine Environments
April 23, 2020
This Earth Day, we highlight WPTO successes supporting R&D and testing of marine energy, hydropower, and pumped storage systems for a flexible grid.
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DOE and NOAA Announce 11 Winners of the Powering the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize
April 2, 2020
Today, DOE in partnership with NOAA, announced the 11 winners of the first “DISCOVER” stage of the Blue Economy™ Ocean Observing Prize.
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Energy Department Announces up to $22 Million for Marine Energy Foundational R&D and Testing Infrastructure Upgrades
March 31, 2020
Energy Department announces marine energy funding opportunity to leverage the expertise and intellectual capital of non-federal research institutions.
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Prizes Powered by the Ocean
February 19, 2020
Last fall I participated in the White House Summit on Ocean Science and Technology, where leaders discussed advancing ocean energy technologies.
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Energy Department Renews Commitment to Collaboration on Hydropower Research and Development with Norway
February 12, 2020
Energy Department and Norway’s Royal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy renew commitment to collaborate closely on hydropower research and development.
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DOE and Bureau of Reclamation Collaborate to Launch New Fish Protection Prize
January 27, 2020
DOE and Bureau of Reclamation launch Fish Protection Prize to develop more reliable and sustainable water structures for improving fish protection.
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Learn about the national labs active in water power research and development and how you can work with us.
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