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September 14, 2015
Energy Department Awards $6.5 Million to Advance Low Environmental Impact Hydropower Technologies

Today, the Energy Department announced seven organizations selected to receive $6.5 million to advance the manufacturing and installation of low environmental impact hydropower technologies. The projects will address three technical areas: rapidly deployable civil works technologies, innovative methods and materials for hydropower construction, and powertrain components.

August 31, 2015
Current Obsession: AC/DC

Though humans have been harnessing water to perform work for thousands of years, the evolution of modern hydropower began in the late 1800’s–coincidentally at the same time that Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were embroiled in a battle now known as the War of the Currents.

August 18, 2015
River Turbine Provides Clean Energy to Remote Alaskan Village

A revolutionary river turbine device, developed with funding from DOE, will provide affordable power to a remote Alaskan village. If successful, this project will pave the way for making greater use of hydrokinetic tidal energy in the future.

August 14, 2015
Wave Energy Prize Narrowed from 92 Teams to Top 20

After an unprecedented 92 teams registered to compete in the Energy Department-funded Wave Energy Prize, today we announced the top 20 teams. These teams all passed through Technology Gate 1: providing a thorough technical submission detailing their device and its functionality.

August 6, 2015
Energy Department Awards $7.4 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave and Tidal Energy Systems

The Energy Department today announced four entities selected to receive $7.4 million to spur innovation of next-generation water power component technologies, designed for manufacturability and built specifically for marine and hydrokinetic systems.

July 15, 2015
Wave Energy Simulation Team Carries Home International Award

In order to harness the power of waves to generate electricity, engineers must be able to predict how large floating devices will perform in a dynamic environment—that is, in the water among waves. A team sponsored by the Energy Department, including members from NREL and Sandia National Laboratories, addressed that challenge and won a recent international competition.

July 6, 2015
Innovative Wave Power Device Starts Producing Clean Power in Hawaii

With support from the Energy Department and the U.S. Navy, a prototype wave energy device has advanced successfully from initial concept to grid-connected, open-sea pilot testing. The device, called Azura, was recently launched and installed in a 30-meter test berth at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This pilot testing is now giving U.S.

July 6, 2015
Energy Department-supported "Azura" wave energy converter is installed at a U.S. Navy test site in Hawaii. | Photo courtesy of Northwest Energy Innovations.
Capturing the Motion of the Ocean: Wave Energy Explained

Water covers 71 percent of the planet -- so why isn't wave energy a bigger part of our clean energy strategy? New technology could make it competitive sooner than you think.

June 30, 2015
From Flour to Grits, a Water-Powered Mill Keeps on Grinding

A mill owned and operated for six generations by the Weisenberger family has been grinding grains in the heart of Kentucky since the Civil War. In 1862, August Weisenberger emigrated from Baden, Germany, to start milling grains in Midway, Kentucky. He purchased the existing three-story stone mill on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek in 1865—the perfect location to harness water power to operate the mill.

June 24, 2015
A Warm Weather Win-Win: Summer Fun and Clean Energy with Hydropower Dams

Summer is a great time to hit the water--but you don't have to go to the beach. Hundreds of hydropower dams include reservoirs where a variety of recreational activities can be enjoyed by the whole family!