Projects

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

Advance the self powered acoustic tag to TRL 8 for white sturgeon by conducting developmental testing and evaluation of the system in actual field environments with industrial support to enable longer term montioring of…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability

Develop advanced analysis techniques and demonstrate new capabilities that can be used to assess and manage potential future water quality and temperature impacts to watershed-river-reservoir systems by modeling…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization

The Hydropower Market Report (HMR) aims to fill the existing gap regarding publicly available, accurate, comprehensive information on U.S. hydropower fleet attributes, performance, development activity (new projects and…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Optimization
Partner Labs: PNNL

The project objective is to identify, demonstrate, and justify capabilities, heretofore unavailable industry-wide, that enable hydropower asset managers to use data to enhance operations and maintenance (O&M)…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Optimization

Provide more accurate hydro-turbine flow rate measurement tools and methods for short covering intakes. 

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
Partner Labs: ORNL

Develop and implement an integrative approach to assess hydropower and environmental opportunities at the scale of a river basin. The project emphasizes sustainable, low-impact, or small hydropower, and related renewable…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Sustainability
Partner Labs: ORNL

Advance deployment of turbines optimized for fish passage without sacrificing power efficiency by providing work products to predict relative fish survivability for hydro-turbines that engender support from regulators,…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Optimization

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 objective is…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability

Assist Whooshh Innovations in the definition, summarization, and execution of the regulatory requirements that validate the Whooshh Fish Transport System as an accepted method of upstream fish passage transport for…