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.


Prizes Powered by the Ocean
February 19, 2020
Last fall I participated in the White House Summit on Ocean Science and Technology, where leaders discussed advancing ocean energy technologies.
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Energy Department Renews Commitment to Collaboration on Hydropower Research and Development with Norway
February 12, 2020
Energy Department and Norway’s Royal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy renew commitment to collaborate closely on hydropower research and development.
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DOE and Bureau of Reclamation Collaborate to Launch New Fish Protection Prize
January 27, 2020
DOE and Bureau of Reclamation launch Fish Protection Prize to develop more reliable and sustainable water structures for improving fish protection.
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Recipients Selected for FY2019 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
December 17, 2019
DOE selects 48 recipients for the $6.6 million FY2019 round of funding.
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Ocean Energy Buoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
December 11, 2019
Ocean Energy (OE) Buoy has arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman in Hawaii for a ribbon cutting.
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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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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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