The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have issued a request for information (RFI) on new, advanced hydropower technologies that are either worthy of research and development investment or are ready for demonstration and testing, the agencies reported.
Technologies of interest should not be widely commercially available and should offer substantial energy and environmental benefits to the nation's renewable energy portfolio. Three major topics of interest are small hydropower technology, environmental mitigation technology and demonstration-ready hardware and software. To view the full RFI, click here
The U.S. Department of Energy is working with the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the development and deployment of reliable, affordable and environmentally-sustainable hydropower. DOE also investigates emerging water power technologies and seeks to enhance the environmental performance and efficiency of conventional hydropower technologies.
Recently, DOE designated the Center for Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University a national center for ocean energy research and development, naming it the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center.
DOE will provide funding to the SNMREC to perform research and development on ocean current energy technology and ocean thermal energy technology, with a particular view toward placing systems in the Florida Straits and the Gulf Stream, which is close to where the center is located.
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