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.


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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Energy Department Funding Helps Transform Alaskan River into Renewable Energy Source
August 8, 2019
Project could establish a model for similar small, independent communities.
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EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $43.6 Million for Phase II Innovation Projects
July 22, 2019
American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department's EERE Small Business Innovation Research program.
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WPTO at HydroVision International 2019
July 17, 2019
Join the Water Power Technologies Office at HydroVision International.
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Four Project Recipients in Latest Round of the Technology Commercialization Fund
June 26, 2019
DOE announces 2019 selections for latest round of Technology Commercialization Fund.
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Energy Department’s Small Business Innovation Research Program Announces Seven New Water Power-Focused Projects for FY19
June 24, 2019
Seven small businesses receive grants to demonstrate technical feasibility of innovations.
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DOE Launches Wave Energy Water Desalination Prize Competition
June 13, 2019
Prize competition seeks to accelerate the development of wave energy powered desalination systems and launch novel technologies.
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A New Approach to Pumped Storage Hydropower
June 7, 2019
Quidnet Energy is taking an alternative approach to conventional pumped-storage hydropower development.
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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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