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

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…

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

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…

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The program contracts with NREL to update the user-friendly Jobs and Economic Development Impacts model (JEDI – link to model page www.nrel.gov/analysis/jedi) to estimate jobs and other economic effects generated…

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…

Lead Lab: PNNL
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is working to solve a key outstanding issue: accurate and cost-effective flow measurement in short converging turbine intakes. Demonstration of a successful flow measurement…

Lead Lab: PNNL
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Partner Labs: ORNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a sub-awardee to the Shell Energy North America (SENA) innovative 5 MW closed-loop pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) system that utilizes a submerged membrane as a storage…

Lead Lab: Argonne National Laboratory
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Partner Labs: NREL

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) developed detailed simulation models of advanced pumped storage hydropower (PSH) technologies to analyze their capacity to provide various grid services. The models assessed the value of…

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

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers designed the smallest acoustic tag to date specifically for studying juvenile eel and lamprey. This patent-pending tag has been tested in the lab with both eel and…