Water Power Technologies Office

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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.

 

 

 

HydroWIRES Initiative Launched >

The U.S. electricity system is rapidly evolving, bringing both opportunities and challenges for hydropower and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).

Powering the Blue Economy Report Released >

This report explores a compelling set of 8 blue economy opportunities that could be supported by MHK.

Water Power Program Peer Review 2019 > 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) will hold its Project Peer Review October 8–10, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Water Power Program FY20 Budget Request > 

The U.S. Department of Energy released its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request.

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Department of Energy Challenges Innovators to Harness the Power of the Oceans
November 14, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced developments in two new prizes.
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A New Way to Modernize Irrigation Infrastructure and Generate Renewable Energy
November 8, 2019
The modernization of irrigation and water infrastructure presents agricultural, environmental, economic, social, and energy benefits.
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DOE Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower and Water Technologies
October 31, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $24.9 million in funding.
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WPTO to Host Semiannual Stakeholder Webinar
October 21, 2019
WPTO is holding the second installment of its semiannual stakeholder webinars led by WPTO Director Alejandro Moreno November 5, 2019 from 3-5PM ET.
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Energy Department Announces the Grand Prize Winners of the FAST Prize Competition
October 8, 2019
Finalists of the FAST Prize competition demonstrate innovative ways to accelerate commissioning times and reduce cost for pumped-storage hydropower.
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Apply Now: Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program
October 4, 2019
Applications are now open through December 9, 2019.
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Leads Successful Flow Measurement Tests
September 30, 2019
PNNL and USACE have successfully completed field testing of a flow measurement technology called the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP).
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Energy Department Announces Network Director for Marine Energy Research and Testing Program
September 17, 2019
DOE announces Pacific Ocean Energy Trust as Network Director for the U.S. Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) Program.
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Make Some Waves: Participate in the First-Ever Marine Energy Collegiate Competition
September 16, 2019
An exciting, first-of-its-kind competition will help you discover your role in the blue economy—and now is your chance to get in at the ground level!
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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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