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

This is a study of environmental metrics used in assessing the environmental effects of new hydropower development. Environmental effects in this context refer to the effects on the physical and ecological functions of…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: SBV - Telluride

Telluride Energy will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to identify small (under 5 MW) hydropower project sites on existing non-powered dams with a conduit connected to a water treatment plant which…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization

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,…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Optimization

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

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…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme:
Vision Area: Growth

In 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) estimated that there was a potential for 12 gigawatts of new hydropower in the United States by adding power at non-powered dams. Assessments by the United States Army Corps of…

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

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: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: PNNL, ORNL

The Shell Energy North America (SENA) pump-storage technology for Hydro Battery Pearl Hill consists of an innovative idea for a floating reservoir technology option for closed-loop configurations. Constructing a…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth

The project includes the development of  market studies, supply chain maps, and materials and equipment procurement to identify the key factors behind manufacturing location decisions made by industry and to provide…