The U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is advancing cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in new ocean and river energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to the nation’s power grids. Subscribe to WPTO’s Breaking News email for important updates.

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Funding Available: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower
DOE announced up to $9 million for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of new stream-reach hydropower development and PSH.
August 8, 2018
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Ocean Energy Systems Releases Spotlight on Ocean Energy Report
Ocean Energy Systems has released the Spotlight on Ocean Energy report, which provides analysis of 20 ocean energy projects and five initiatives.
July 27, 2018
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Now Available: Recorded Marine Hydrokinetic Advanced Materials Webinar
A recording of WPTO’s July 12 Marine Hydrokinetic Advanced Materials webinar is now available online.
July 26, 2018
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Hydropower Vision: Two Years Later
Two years after the Hydropower Vision report, hydropower leaders are convening to assess how the hydropower community has progressed.
July 26, 2018
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2018 HydoVision International Highlights
WPTO wrapped up a successful week at HydroVision International—the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide—in Charlotte, North Carolina.
July 6, 2018
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How to Take a Prize-Worthy Photo of Water Power (According to a Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Water Power Technologies Office is launching a photo contest and looking for pictures that capture the incredible potential of water power.
July 5, 2018
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Notice of Intent: Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower Funding Opportunity
WPTO issued a Notice of Intent for a funding opportunity for innovative design concepts for standard modular hydropower and pumped storage hydropower.
June 25, 2018
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WPTO at HydroVision International 2018
Join the Water Power Technologies Office at HydroVision International.
June 20, 2018
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Energy Department Selects Six Awardees for $6.7 Million in Marine Energy Funding
Funding to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources.
June 8, 2018
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WPTO Selects Four Projects for Phase I SBIR and STTR Funding
WPTO has selected four projects for Phase I funding within the topic area of environmentally-acceptable lubricants for hydropower applications.
May 30, 2018
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Research and Development

Hydropower

Technology Development: Modernizing America’s first renewable electricity source

Market Acceleration: Supporting industry growth with early-stage research

Resource Assessment and Characterization: Charting paths forward

Funding Opportunities: The latest opportunities to get involved

Marine and Hydrokinetic

Technology Development: Advancing ocean and river energy

Market Acceleration: Supporting industry growth with early-stage research

Resource Assessment and Characterization: Analyzing vast resources

Funding Opportunities: The latest opportunities to get involved

Featured Content

Water Power Projects Map

Learn more about our investments in cutting-edge water power research.

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Hydropower Vision

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for low-carbon, renewable hydropower.

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Wave Energy Prize

An 18-month public competition that advanced the demonstrated energy potential of several wave energy devices.

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National Labs and Water Power
Learn about the national labs active in water power research and development.
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