Projects by Technology Development

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

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Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks to solve the problem of short-lived batteries in fish tags by replacing the battery with a piezoelectric-based EH unit that harvests the biomechanical energy of the…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Sustainability
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To address a major environmental concern about hydropower—the impacts of turbine passage on fishes and fish populations—the BioDE project is providing advanced technologies for biologically-based design, operation,…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Optimization
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The Cost Data Collection and Modeling for Hydropower project (HCM project) encompasses data collection and modeling and analysis of the costs and performance of hydropower plants in U.S. markets. Its primary…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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The Ground Level Integrated Diverse Energy Storage (GLIDES) is a modular storage system combining principles of pumped- and compressed-air storage technologies and was recently invented and demonstrated at prototype…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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The objective of this project, according to Littoral Power Systems, is (i) to develop proof of concept designs for LPS’s two- or three-container-high modular, low cost low-head hydroelectric system partially…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers designed the smallest acoustic tag to date specifically for studying juvenile eel and lamprey. This patent-pending tag has been tested in the lab with both eel…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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This project analyses novel approaches to the pumped storage hydropower technology with aims to increase market viability via lower civil works cost structure; reversible adjustable speed pump turbines; and increased…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Optimization
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Optimize solid state processes for hydropower compponents  of interest and demonstrate superior performance through laboratory testing.

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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The Hydropower Development Perspective

New development must sustain stream functions as it produces power at competitive rates.

Hydropower has a storied history in the United States and…