To overcome the current gaps in hydropower fleet management data, researchers at ORNL are developing data-driven best practices that can be shared with hydropower facilities to optimize value and reliability.
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HydroSource is the most comprehensive and unique National Water-Energy digital platform that accomplishes data stewardship and dissemination for U.S. hydropower stakeholders.
The goal of this project is to reduce pumped storage barriers through development of a novel technology.
Permitting and regulation are necessary to ensure that hydropower projects comply with statutory requirements and meet multiple stakeholder priorities, which include other important water uses.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory publishes the Hydropower Market Report on behalf of the US Department of Energy for the benefit of industry, policymakers, and the public.
ORNL is analyzing the metrics used to assess the environmental effects of hydropower development, along with a river function framework and a decision support tool that can assist stakeholders in hydropower licensing and permitting.
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory details findings from its third climate change impact assessment for hydropower — part of a multi-year study directed by the SECURE Water Act of 2009 Section 9505.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) assesses the potential to generate electricity from new hydropower operations along existing water conduits in the municipal, agricultural, and industrial sectors throughout the United States.
Recent changes in the global energy sector have prompted the need for technological innovations to address performance, reliability, safety, and environmental standards. While larger hydropower plants have well-established designs and validation processes, small hydropower facility owners must often weigh the cost of testing new technology with potential revenue.
To facilitate the expanded use of hydropower as a reliable and consistent source of renewable energy, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using a novel approach to monitor and determine biological and environmental impacts to aquatic species near hydropower facilities.