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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.


Federal Agencies Sign New Hydropower MOU, Develop Action Plan
November 23, 2020
On National Hydropower Day 2020 (Aug. 24), the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed an MOU.
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The 2020 State of the Science Report: Monitoring and Research Thus Far Show Little or No Impact to Animals or Environment from Marine Energy
November 9, 2020
Energy Department shares results of the 2020 State of the Science report measuring impact marine renewable devices have on the marine environment.
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WPTO Celebrates National STEM Day
November 8, 2020
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, commonly known as STEM, are the essential building blocks to accomplishing WPTO's mission.
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The 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) Announces Participants
October 20, 2020
17 teams have been chosen to participate in the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition: Powering the Blue Economy™.
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Removing the Element of Surprise: Ocean Observing Prize Solicits Designs for Tomorrow’s Storm Tracking Technology
October 19, 2020
DOE and NOAA announce the opening of Ocean Observing Prize's DEVELOP Competition to better understand how to forecast hurricanes.
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DOE Launches Partnership Initiative to Strengthen Remote and Islanded Communities’ Energy Resilience
October 15, 2020
DOE launches new program to enable remote and islanded communities to plan for, withstand, and recover from energy disruptions.
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance to Support Hydropower Decision Making
October 13, 2020
This opportunity will provide hydropower decision makers with National Lab expertise and capabilities to address current challenges.
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TEAMER Program Announces Selections from First Request for Technical Support
October 1, 2020
Selected projects will receive technology support with modeling and analysis; laboratory and bench tests; and tank, flume, tunnel, and basin tests.
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DOE Selects Grand Prize Winners of the Fish Protection Prize and Announces Deadlines for Two Additional Hydropower Prizes
September 25, 2020
Projects aim to protect fish from unsafe water infrastructure, including water diversions and pipes, and intakes at hydropower dams.
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Second Annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Open for Applications
September 9, 2020
 WPTO has opened the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition for applications.
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Water Power Projects Map
Learn more about our investments in cutting-edge water power research.
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National Labs and Water Power
Learn about the national labs active in water power research and development and how you can work with us.
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