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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
Partner Labs: ORNL

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC), working collaboratively with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak…

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

The Hydropower Market Report (HMR) provides industry and policymakers with a quantitative baseline on the distribution, capabilities, and status of hydropower in the United States. The HMR, first published in 2015, was…

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: PNNL
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Partner Labs: ANL, ORNL, NREL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading an effort with ANL, INL, NREL, and ORNL to execute on the Hydropower Vision Roadmap. The roadmap includes pillars of growth, optimization , and sustainability,…

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
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NREL is preparing a technical report, summarizing results from an in-depth domestic hydropower workforce study by Navigant Consulting and NREL.  The report will include current industry and asset statistics, projected…

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

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in collaboration with Telluride Energy is identifying potential small (under 5 megawatt) hydropower project sites on existing non-powered dams with a conduit connected to a water…