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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.

News

2019-2020 WPTO Accomplishments Report is Released
January 14, 2021
Letter from the Water Power Technologies Office Director, Alejandro Moreno
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Extending the Service Life of Hydropower Components
January 13, 2021
In 2019, PNNL successfully identified techniques to reduce cavitation erosion, improving performance and service life of hydropower components.
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Autonomous Oxygen Sensor Enables Safe, Timely Data Collection
January 13, 2021
In late 2019, PNNL’s new autonomous, mobile, water quality sensor platform was field-tested for the first time.
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Collaborative Interagency Prize Solicits Solutions for Protecting Fish
January 13, 2021
In 2020, three winners were selected for the Fish Protection Prize, a competition soliciting ideas to protect fish from water infrastructure.
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Seeking Solutions for FAST Pumped-Storage Hydro Development
January 13, 2021
In October 2019, WPTO selected four grand prize winners for the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for PSH Prize.
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Acoustic Transmitter Improves Juvenile Fish Tracking and Analysis
January 13, 2021
PNNL has completed the development of new, highly miniaturized fish-tags, able to be quickly injected, even into tiny juvenile eel and lamprey.
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WPTO Creates STEM Workforce Development Portals
January 13, 2021
In 2020, NREL released new STEM and workforce development portals for both marine energy and hydropower.
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Analyzing Sensitive Species at Dams via Artificial Intelligence
January 13, 2021
The Electric Power Institute (EPRI) has successfully automated identification processes for young American eel tracked with multi-beam sonar.
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Multi-Lab Partnership Launches Portal for Marine Energy Information
January 13, 2021
WPTO supported the creation of PRIMRE, a Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy.
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Tidal Testing Underway in New York’s East River
January 13, 2021
In 2020, Verdant Power deployed their fifth generation Free Flow System turbines with their new TriFrame™ mount in New York’s East River.
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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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