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New WPTO-Funded Laboratory Projects
In fiscal year 2018, WPTO initiated a number of new research projects at DOE's national labs to support development of water power technologies.
February 13, 2019
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From the Wave Energy Prize to Now—Catching-up with AquaHarmonics
WPTO sat down with AquaHarmonics co-founder Alex Hagmüller to learn about their recent device testing and plans for future deployment.
February 8, 2019
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Connecting Marine Energy with the Grid—a Cabling Perspective from Carl Barret of 3U
Miles Hall interviews Carl Barrett of 3U Technologies, an international business consulting and engineering company based in Conroe, Texas.
January 25, 2019
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Recipients Selected for Latest Round of Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
DOE selected 37 recipients for the latest round of funding under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
January 23, 2019
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A Look Back at Water Power in 2018
An overview of the Water Power Technology Office's accomplishments in 2018.
January 22, 2019
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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $25 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Research Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected $25 million in research projects for next-generation marine energy devices.
January 8, 2019
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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 18, 2018
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Pumped Storage Projects Selected for Techno-Economic Studies
Two projects selected by the Energy Department will receive technical assistance to evaluate the long-term value of pumped-storage hydropower
December 3, 2018
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DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Challenge aims to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.
October 25, 2018
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Funding Opportunity: National Oceanographic Partnership Program
ONR has released a new Broad Agency Announcement that solicits research proposals for seven different ocean technology and research areas.
October 15, 2018
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Research and Development


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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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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