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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: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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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
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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
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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
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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…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Infrastructure
Vision Area: Growth
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP) is a comprehensive data service effort to support US hydropower research and development (R&D). The main objectives of NHAAP are (1…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Natel Energy, Inc. of California to model and evaluate a portfolio of networked small hydropower generators. The project is designed to advance the…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Markets and Values
Vision Area: Optimization
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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
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This project analyses novel approaches to the pumped storage hydropower technology with aims to increase market viability via lower civil works cost structure; reversible adjustable speed pump turbines; and increased…