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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: 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…

Lead Lab: NREL
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In U.S. wholesale electricity markets, it is typically up to the PSH operator, not the market operator, to determine the operation mode of the plant. The PSH plant owners do not have the information required to make the…

Lead Lab: NREL
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NREL developed and validated dynamic model of adjustable speed (AS) PSH available to power engineers in the US to facilitate power system studies with AS-PSH under high penetration renewables. 

Lead Lab: PNNL
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Partner Labs: ANL, ORNL, NREL
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is leading a collaborative of national labs for the Water Power Technologies Office’s Hydropower Program to bring new insight into the value of hydropower and pumped-storage…

Lead Lab: PNNL
Theme: Technology Development
Vision Area: Optimization
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Optimize solid state processes for hydropower compponents  of interest and demonstrate superior performance through laboratory testing.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world leader in solid-state processing. The goal of this project is to kick start the U.S. hydropower industry’s use of solid-state processes to dramatically enhance the…