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NREL's water power technologies research leverages 35 years of experience developing renewable energy technologies to support the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Program's efforts to research, test, evaluate, develop and demonstrate deployment of innovative water power technologies. These include marine and hydrokinetic technologies, a suite of renewable technologies that harness the energy from untapped wave, tidal, current and ocean thermal resources, as well as technologies and processes to improve the efficiency, flexibility, and environmental performance of hydropower generation.

The vision of the water power team at NREL is to be an essential partner for the technical development and deployment of water power technologies. NREL's experienced staff, unique research capabilities, and specialized state-of-the-art equipment provide industry partners and stakeholders with technical support from the design table to the marketplace.

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