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Water Power News

Below are news stories about conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Water Power Program, and other federal agencies.

Recent News

  • July 28, 2015
    Members of the Energy Department's national laboratories—Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory—took home "Technical Paper of the Year" awards at the world’s largest hydropower event: HydroVision International, held in Portland Oregon, July 14–17, 2015. Given to the strongest papers presented during the conference, the technical papers committee at HydroVision International reviewed and awarded submissions across five categories: Market Trends and Strategies Water Management and Movement Environmental and Social
  • July 15, 2015

    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
    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

    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
    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

    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!

  • June 22, 2015

    The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking feedback from the marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the program’s activities and priorities in MHK environmental monitoring and field testing opportunities.

  • June 8, 2015

    A new wave energy device has been deployed in the US Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Oahu, Hawaii's Kaneohe Bay and is already generating electricity for a Marine base.

  • April 28, 2015

    The Energy Department today announced $10.5 million in available funding to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related testing of these systems.

  • April 27, 2015
    In support of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, today at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson announced the release of the 2014 Hydropower Market Report, the first ever report to quantify the current size, scope, and variability of our nation’s hydropower supplies. Hydropower currently provides approximately seven percent of the U.S. electricity supply—enough to power more than 20 million homes, and has experienced significant growth industry-wide.
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