Water Power Technologies Office

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. Subscribe to The Water Wire for important updates.

News

Announcing the Winners of the Make a Splash Photo Contest
Winners were announced and displayed at Waterpower Week, which was held in Washington, D.C.
April 18, 2019
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Energy Department Announces New Prize to Accelerate Pumped Storage Hydropower
Energy Department announces FAST, a new prize competition to support the development of pumped storage hydropower.
April 8, 2019
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Funding Selections Announced for Innovative Design Concepts for Standard Modular Hydropower and Pumped Storage Hydropower
Today, DOE announced selections for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of hydropower development and pumped storage hydropower.
April 1, 2019
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DOE Announces Up to $26.1 Million to Advance Hydropower and Marine Energy
New funding will drive innovative industry-led solutions to advance marine and hydrokinetics and hydropower technologies.
April 1, 2019
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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Marine Energy Research and Testing Program
DOE's TEAMER Program will bring together capabilities from universities and the national laboratory system to advance marine energy technologies.
March 22, 2019
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World Water Day: Recognizing the Importance of Clean and Affordable Water
In celebration of World Water Day, EERE would like to help recognize the importance of safe, secure, and affordable water.
March 22, 2019
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WPTO at Water Power Week in Washington 2019
WPTO and its national laboratories will participate as speakers and panelists over the course of the week.
March 19, 2019
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Women of Water Power
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ve interviewed some of the women working across the Water Power Technologies Office.
March 7, 2019
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DOE Announces Prize Competition for Wave Energy Water Desalination
Prize builds on DOE efforts to spur U.S. Innovation through competition to accelerate technology development.
February 25, 2019
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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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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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