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.
January 22, 2015DOE Announces Webinars on Solar Program Overview, Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, and More
EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.
January 15, 2015Energy Department Accepting Applications for a $3.6 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program
The Energy Department today announced an incentive program for developers adding hydroelectric power generating capabilities to existing non-powered dams throughout the United States.
January 14, 2015Water Power R&D Opportunity: Energy Department Announces $125 Million for Transformational Energy Projects
On January 7, the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced $125 million in available funding for its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015. ARPA-E issued previous OPEN solicitations in 2009 and 2012. Open solicitations ensure that ARPA-E can support transformational projects outside the scope of existing ARPA-E focused programs.
January 14, 2015
The Energy Department’s Water Power Program is seeking information from the MHK industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the development details of MHK systems that have the greatest potential for commercial viability.
January 12, 2015Energy Department Announces $8 Million to Develop Advanced Components for Wave, Tidal, and Current Energy Systems
The Energy Department today announced $8 million in available funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic control and component technologies. In the United States, waves, tides, and ocean currents represent a largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country's coastal regions.
December 18, 2014
The Hydro Research Foundation is now accepting graduate student applications for its DOE-funded graduate student research program. The Hydro Research Awards Program is designed to spur innovation in conventional and pumped storage hydropower technologies and recruit the next generation of skilled hydropower engineers and scientists. Research topics are driven by the hydropower industry’s needs.
December 1, 2014
The Energy Department today announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies.
November 26, 2014Energy Department Accepting Small Business Grant Applications for Low-Head Hydropower Turbines and MHK Monitoring Systems
The Energy Department began accepting applications on November 24 for its FY 2015 Phase 1 grant topics, including two Water Power Program topics, under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
October 29, 2014
The Energy Department, in coordination with the Navy, today announced funding for two companies to test their innovative wave energy conversion devices in new deep water test berths off the waters of the Navy’s Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Ocean Energy USA will leverage lessons learned from previous quarter-scale test deployments that have led to design improvements for a full-scale deployment of their Ocean Energy Buoy. Northwest Energy Innovations will build and test a full-scale model of its Azura device.
October 22, 2014