Water Research News

Stay up to date on the latest water energy research and development news at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

May 19, 2022

ARPA-E Funding Drives Innovation, Industry Partnerships at NREL

Among NREL's many funding agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds what is perhaps some of NREL's most innovative work.

May 18, 2022

Beneath the Surface: The Advocate for Renewable Energy

Meet NREL senior legal and regulatory analyst Aaron Levine, who examines how environmental regulations and hydropower could help protect the planet.

May 5, 2022

A TEAMER Approach to Fighting Climate Change

Through the U.S. Department of Energy's Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program, developers, researchers, companies, and national laboratories are teaming up to share resources.

April 26, 2022

NREL Water Power Successes Featured in WPTO Accomplishments Report

Twenty-one of NREL's water power successes earn the spotlight in the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office 2020-2021 Accomplishments Report.

April 22, 2022

How Can We Invest in Our Planet?

This year's Earth Day theme is "Invest in Our Planet." NREL is—already has been, in fact—investing in clean energy, like water power, which helps preserve the planet.

April 20, 2022

Beneath the Surface: From Priceless Art to Disintegrating Coastlines, Sherry Stout Builds Resiliency One Community at a Time

NREL's Cold Climate Housing Research Center's Sherry Stout connects rural, remote, tribal, and developing communities with scientists who can help them meet their clean energy goals.

April 14, 2022

Win-Win: Prize Competitions Drive U.S. Clean Energy Entrepreneurship

NREL customizes competitions for DOE technology offices—solar, water, buildings, geothermal, and others—to meet industry needs. American-Made is a pillar of DOE's activities, incentivizing U.S. entrepreneurs to strengthen American leadership in energy innovation and domestic manufacturing.

April 14, 2022

The Ocean Comes to Colorado

NREL's new wave tank could help accelerate the development of commercially-viable marine energy technologies.

April 8, 2022

News Release: Waves to Water Prize Announces Grand Prize Winner and Celebrates the DRINK Finale

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and NREL, East Carolina University's Coastal Studies Institute, and prize competitors celebrated the finale of the Waves to Water Prize--a competition designed to accelerate the development of small, modular, wave-energy-powered desalination systems.

April 7, 2022

The Future of Water Power: 2023 Hydropower and Marine Energy Collegiate Competitions Open for Applications

The inaugural Hydropower Collegiate Competition and third annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competition calls on the next generation workforce to help reach a clean energy future.

April 6, 2022

Tapping Hydropower's Potential: New Hydropower Prize Challenges Innovators to Improve Grid Reliability and Resiliency

In partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office has launched the Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2Os) Prize to support a reliable, resilient grid. The Phase 1 submission window closes on May 20, 2022.

March 31, 2022

Ocean Energy? River Power? There Is a Toolkit for That

A newly revamped software offers marine energy developers a way to analyze how well their technology might perform in various ocean and river sites.

March 28, 2022

Editorial: Harnessing Hydropower To Achieve a Sustainable Future

NREL Hydropower Technical Lead Greg Stark reflects on how the conversation around hydropower is changing and NREL is honored to be part of it in 2022.

March 24, 2022

More Power to the Women

For Women's History Month 2022, the NREL marine energy and hydropower groups are taking a look at the work of six NREL women who are interested in renewable energy technologies, specifically water power technologies. Here are the second three.

March 23, 2022

Editorial: Creativity and Exploration Drive Marine Energy Research

NREL Marine Energy Team Lead Mike Lawson believes 2022 will be defined by collaboration with current and future industry leaders.

March 17, 2022

Power to the Women

For Women's History Month 2022, the NREL marine energy and hydropower groups are taking a look at six NREL women who are interested in renewable energy technologies, specifically water power technologies. Here are the first three.

March 15, 2022

Six Wave-Powered Prototypes to Set Sail

Six teams of marine energy innovators are advancing from the DESIGN to the BUILD Contest of the Ocean Observing Prize with their ocean-observing technologies.

March 7, 2022

Trial by Water: NREL's Wave-Powered Desalination Device Sets Sail

NREL researchers recently tested a hydraulic and electric reverse osmosis wave energy converter off the coast of North Carolina ahead of Waves to Water Prize finalists' desalination prototype trials.

Feb. 15, 2022

A Window Into the Future of Wave Energy

Why aren't waves powering your home right now? The ocean is an inhospitable place for technology. Now, a new cost-effective, resilient wave energy design adapts to changing seas and could help power up the wave energy industry.

Feb. 8, 2022

NREL Hydropower Research Informs Discussions on Capitol Hill

On Jan. 11, 2022, U.S. senators and hydropower experts referenced NREL's hydropower research to argue for an expansion of the U.S. hydropower industry.

Jan. 25, 2022

Code Fit for the Stars

Wave energy developers can bring the ocean to the laptop thanks to the Wave Energy Converter SIMulator (WEC-Sim), a tool built by researchers at NREL and Sandia National Laboratories.

Jan. 18, 2022

10 Significant Water Power Accomplishments From 2021

In the last year, NREL researchers helped advance water power, which provides renewable energy from oceans and rivers and is critical to build a clean energy future.


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