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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]