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

This project, NREL as a subcontractor to Obermeyer Hydro, includes market analysis and grid integration support of the design of cost effective small scale pumped storage system optimized for US energy storage…

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

Optimize solid state processes for hydropower compponents  of interest and demonstrate superior performance through laboratory testing.

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

The Hydropower Development Perspective

New development must sustain stream functions as it produces power at competitive rates.

Hydropower has a storied history in the United States and remains the…

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

A classification system to characterize and generalize the biophysical settings of stream environments including hydrologic, thermal, geomorphological, and ecological dynamics.  At a basic level, stream classifications…

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

This project is focused on proving marketability of disparate components of a pump storage hydropower solution, which includes the coupling of a 400-megawatt (MW) ternary pump/turbine system with dynamic transmission…

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

This group of projects aims to understand the impact of climate and water scenarios on the operations of the power grid.  This includes both hydropower operations and the impacts of water quality and temperature on the…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme:
Vision Area:

This project, completed in FY2016, created tools for improving the ability to predict environmental conditions in multi-reservoir systems to protect the environment and meet regulatory compliance and to optimize power…

Lead Lab: ANL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
Partner Labs: PNNL, SNL

The Water Use Optimization Toolset (WUOT) is a suite of four integrated tools that can be used to optimize hydropower planning and performance and has the unique capability to simultaneously optimize water, power, and…