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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: Technology Development
Vision Area: Growth
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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…

Lead Lab: ORNL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Growth
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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
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This project is focused on evaluating the techno-economic feasibility, quantifying the benefits to the power grid and identifying marketable value streams of disparate components of a pump storage hydropower…

Lead Lab: NREL
Theme: Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory
Vision Area: Sustainability
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NREL is involved in several projects aiming to understand climate impacts on electric sector investment and operating decisions. This work includes the study of climate impacts on water resources used for both hydropower…

Lead Lab: ORNL
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Vision Area: Optimization
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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
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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…

Lead Lab: PNNL
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is providing technical assistance to Whooshh Innovations (Whooshh) to assist in the definition, summarization, and execution of the regulatory requirements that regulatory…