Ever wondered what kind of research is being done for developing innovative water power technologies?

The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy funds several national labs to conduct early-stage research to accelerate innovative water power technologies. The national labs also work with industry, academia, and many other stakeholders to solve scientific challenges while providing test facilities, sophisticated instrumentation, and deep expertise.

National labs in our region with water power expertise include:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. INL applies a considerable depth of expertise in electrical power generation and distribution systems to challenges associated with renewable energy development, including grid development, mechanical design, reservoir assessment and monitoring, and advanced control systems.​

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, has taken on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges since 1965. With more than 4,400 scientists, engineers and professionals on staff, PNNL has discovered innovative tools and technologies for science, energy, the environment, and national security. In water power, researchers are developing more efficient and sustainable systems to harness energy from water.

Read more:  energy.gov