Projects by Markets & Values

Research hydropower projects to see progress related to infrastructure, technology development, and analytics across the nation.

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Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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The Hydropower Market Report (HMR) provides industry and policymakers with a quantitative baseline on the distribution, capabilities, and status of hydropower in the United States. The HMR, first published in 2015,…

Lead Lab: DOE-HQ
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Growth
ANL, PNNL, ORNL, NREL
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Through the Hydropower Vision, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office has led a first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for low-carbon, renewable…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) engineers are investigating the potential for Run-Of-River Hydroelectric Power Plants (ROR HPPs) to integrate with the electric grid. The project explores the control and…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Growth
ANL, PNNL
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ORNL engages in international collaboration to enhance the breadth and depth of scientific and technical research for the Water Power Program. That engagement occurs in three major forums:

The International…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Natel Energy, Inc. of California to model and evaluate a portfolio of networked small hydropower generators. The project is designed to advance the…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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The North American Renewable Integration Study is a 3-year study intended to inform decision makers across North America on the costs and impacts of renewable generation on the electric power system.  The analysis…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Growth
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This project is focused on evaluating the techno-economic feasibility, quantifying the benefits to the power grid and identifying marketable value streams of disparate components of a pump storage hydropower…

Lead Lab: ANL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
PNNL, SNL
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The Water Use Optimization Toolset (WUOT) is a suite of four integrated tools that can be used to optimize hydropower planning and performance and has the unique capability to simultaneously optimize water, power,…