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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 host…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing advanced analysis techniques and demonstrating new capabilities that can be used to assess and manage potential future water quality and temperature impacts to…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Sustainability
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Conduit hydropower is the most economically feasible type of new hydropower development, taking advantage of existing infrastructure, expedited permitting due to 2013 federal regulatory reforms, and in…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Optimization
Partner Labs: PNNL
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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
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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
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed and implemented an integrative approach to assess hydropower and environmental opportunities at the scale of a river basin. The project emphasizes sustainable, low-…

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

Lead Lab: PNNL
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has partnered with Canyon Hydro to optimize costs, performance, and biological effects of a traditional Archimedes screw. PNNL will provide consultation on the use of Finite…

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed and patented the Sensor Fish instrument and associated copyrighted support software (Hydropower Biological Evaluation Tools – already commercially available) to…