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

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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…

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 objective is…

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

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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ORNL is analyzing the metrics used to assess the environmental effects of hydropower development, along with a river function framework and a decision support tool that can assist stakeholders in hydropower licensing and…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization
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The Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) Toolkit offers one location for agencies, developers, and industry stakeholders to work together on federal and state renewable energy (solar, hydropower,…

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This activity involves linking inputs and outputs of hydropower scheduling and river routing models (such as RiverWare) with electricity production cost models (such as PLEXOS) to better understand local and broader…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) was directed by Section 9505 of the Secure Water Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) to submit a report to congress on the effects of climate change on federal hydropower systems. The "9505…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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In consideration of goals to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable hydropower technologies, the Environmental Mitigation effort addresses the uncertainties of environmental requirements included as…

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In response to industry and agency feedback on inefficiencies in the hydropower licensing and permitting processes, DOE and ORNL facilitated…