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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: NREL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: ORNL
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth
Partner Labs: SBV - Telluride
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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…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) engineers are investigating the potential for Run-Of-River Hydroelectric Power Plants (ROR HPPs) to integrate with the electric grid. The project explores the control and…

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading the IEA Annex XIII effort. The objective is to maintain an active presence in the global discussion on the issue of fish interactions with hydropower systems to…

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