WPTO at HydroVision International

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July 22, 2019

WPTO at HydroVision International

Join the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) this week at HydroVision International in Portland, Oregon. Stop by to see the many WPTO and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding awardees, listen to National Laboratory speakers and panelists, and attend the technical paper sessions. Additional WPTO and National Laboratory resources and demonstrations will be in DOE booth #3051.

Register Now: WPTO Peer Review

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in stimulating discussion that could inform the future of water power R&D! WPTO will host its Program and Project Peer Review October 8–10, 2019, at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia.

Leading subject-matter experts from industry, academia, non-government organizations, and federal agencies will evaluate projects funded by DOE based on their contribution to the Office’s mission and goals, track progress made against stated objectives, and assess the Office’s overall strategies and performance. This year, WPTO’s Peer Review will enable both reviewers and other stakeholders to provide recommendations on impactful uses of taxpayer funding and ways to accelerate industry development in water power technologies. We hope you will join us for this exciting review! Registration is free but limited, so register now!

Feedback Due Soon: Marine Sciences Laboratory Request for Information

WPTO, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is seeking feedback from the renewable energy industry, academia, National Laboratories, government agencies, and private entities about the use of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL) as a research, development, testing, and validation venue. Results of this RFI may be used to help DOE and PNNL prioritize MSL resources and investments. Stakeholder feedback is due by 5 p.m. ET on August 8, 2019.

Four Water Power Project Recipients in Latest Round of Technology Commercialization Fund

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions announced 2019 selections in the latest round of the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)—a program that transitions research and R&D funding to applied energy programs to advance promising technologies with the potential for impact across industry. Among the selections are four WPTO projects with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Discovering Stronger Steel for Less Dam-age

A recent study from a team of PNNL scientists evaluated the use of a material processing technology on stainless steel and found that the steel resists erosion more than three times better than its unprocessed counterpart. This finding, which is good news for the hydropower industry, can help deter cavitation erosion in components made from steel, such as turbines. Severe cavitation erosion disrupts dam operations, requiring shutdown and repair and resulting in lost revenue.

In the News:

DOE Hydropower Awardee to Bring Hydropower to Microgrids in Africa

DOE funding awardee Natel Energy of California and Symbion Power of New York are partnering to deliver affordable electricity to consumers in parts of Africa where there is no electricity grid. They will pilot a new off-grid, low-head, renewable, mini-hydro platform called MyHydro as part of the Prosper Africa initiative.

Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

Last month, Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska, for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative’s battery energy storage system. The system is part of an Energy Department-funded project—Resilient Alaskan Distribution System Improvements using Automation, Network Analysis, Control, and Energy Storage (RADIANCE)— that uses advanced technologies and methods to support operations that enhance grid resiliency in Cordova under harsh weather, cyberthreats, and dynamic grid conditions.

Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Moves Forward

The Energy Department-funded Pacwave project—a first-of-its-kind grid-connected, full-scale test facility for wave energy conversion technologies in the United States—is taking a step forward. Oregon State University has submitted a final license application for a wave energy testing facility with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


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