Energy and Climate

Water Power Technologies

Conventional Water Power: Market Acceleration

On March 22, 2011, in

Hydropower resources currently play a significant role in meeting power system grid service requirements. However, the vast complex system of hydro resources warrants investigation into the opportunities for more efficiency operation, grid services provision, and expansion of hydro facilities, understanding that the hydro system facilities were originally created with a simpler vision. ORNL will examine […]

Conventional Water Power: Technology Development

On March 22, 2011, in

The total installed capacity of conventional hydropower in the United States is approximately 77 GW and that capacity generates 220 to 350 TWh of annually. In addition, 20 GW of pumped-storage hydropower projects are in operation. Hydropower is currently the largest source of renewable electricity in the U.S., but its share has been falling in […]

Marine Hydrokinetics Technology: Reference Model Development

On March 22, 2011, in

Sandia National Laboratories is leading development efforts for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) reference models. This will include developing reference models for wave, tidal, and river in-stream devices for full systems and at the component and resource levels. To proceed in the most efficient manner in terms of cost and technological progress, we anticipate partnerships with […]

Marine Hydrokinetics Technology: Market Acceleration

On March 22, 2011, in

Sandia National Laboratories is leading research to describe and quantify environmental impacts caused by new and existing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. The team will evaluate environmental factors including rates of sediment transport, water flow, water quality, and acoustic changes. The results will help quantify the types and magnitude of environmental impacts for various new […]

Marine Hydrokinetics Technology: Technology Development

On March 21, 2011, in

Sandia National Laboratories leads work to examine the cost-effectiveness and reliability of technology for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) program, which include wave, current/tide, and thermal-energy conversion. The research will focus on developing and advancing the science and tools needed to bring new water-power technologies to market and evaluating methods designed […]

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