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Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth

The National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP), is a comprehensive data service effort to support the DOE Water Power Program for various U.S. hydropower research and development (R&D) data needs. The main…

Lead Lab: DOE-HQ
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: ANL, PNNL, ORNL, NREL

Through the Hydropower Vision, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office has led a first-of-its-kind comprehensive analysis to evaluate future pathways for low-carbon, renewable hydropower…

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

Assisting Navigant in working with the hydropower industry and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to identify labor needs and appropriate skill sets for the current domestic hydropower industry. Assessing current hydropower…

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

The overall project objective is to investigate and demonstrate the potential for Run-Of-River Hydroelectric Power Plants  to participate in ancillary service markets. Control and integration of Energy Storage Systems…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: ANL, PNNL

ORNL engages in international collaboration to enhance the breadth and depth of scientific and technical research for the Water Power Program. That engagement occurs in three major forums:

The International…

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

While the focus of the project is quantifying the value of Natel’s system both in terms of the flexibility that it can provide and its economic value to the grid, the study will advance the general understanding of the…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Sustainability

Design, prototype, and perform laboratory and field tests of an acoustic micro-transmitter that can be used to study the behavior and survival of juvenile eel and lamprey. Provide information to develop mitigation…

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

The North American Renewable Integration Study is a 3-year study intended to inform decision makers across North America on the costs and impacts of renewable generation on the electric power system.  The analysis helps…

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

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 constructed…