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WPTO at Waterpower Week in Washington 2018
Join WPTO and the national laboratories at Waterpower Week in Washington.
April 20, 2018
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Recipients Selected for Latest Round of Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
The Energy Department recently selected recipients for the latest round of funding under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
April 10, 2018
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Notice of Intent: Marine Hydrokinetic Technology Advancement and Data Dissemination
The Water Power Technologies Office plans to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement in Quarter 3 of Fiscal Year 2018 to support MHK advancement.
April 10, 2018
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A European Perspective on America's Newest Marine Energy Test Site (Part 2)
Part 2 of a series of discussions with various stakeholders involved in the PMEC-SETS project and the marine energy industry as a whole.
April 10, 2018
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Natel Energy Selected to Further Develop Innovative Hydropower System
The Energy Department has selected Natel Energy, Inc. of Alameda, California to further the development of an innovative hydropower system.
March 19, 2018
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U.S. Instrumentation Workshop Provides Platform to Identify Opportunities to Get the Most From MHK Technology Testing
Findings from the 3rd U.S. Instrumentation Workshop have been consolidated in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
March 19, 2018
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United States and Ireland Collaborate to Advance Marine Energy
A U.S. subsidiary of Irish-based Ocean Energy Ltd. signed an agreement to design and construct the hull of the company's wave energy converter buoy.
March 5, 2018
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Request for Information: Hydropower and the Grid
WPTO has released a request for information about how hydropower and pumped storage projects contribute to the electric grid.
February 26, 2018
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A European Perspective on America's Newest Marine Energy Test Site
A view of Oregon's upcoming marine and hydrokinetic energy test facility from a European perspective.
February 5, 2018
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Increase Your Energy IQ: New Hydropower Technologies for the 21st Century
Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Water Power Technologies Office, recently spoke at the U.S. Department of Energy’s speaker series, Energy Talks.
January 19, 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

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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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