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


Nov. 18, 2019

Say Hello To Your 2020 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Participants

The U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office announced 15 intrepid collegiate teams to embark on the first-ever Marine Energy Collegiate Competition.

Nov. 14, 2019

News Release: Waves to Water Prize Concept Winners Announced; Ocean Observing Prize Accepting Applications

NREL administers and executes both prizes on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office.

Oct. 30, 2019

News Release: NREL Selected for Series of Offshore Wind Turbine Research Projects

NREL was named prime contractor for three projects within ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program.

Oct. 8, 2019

News Release: NREL Names FAST Competition Grand Prize Winners

The FAST Prize competition sought ideas to reduce the time to commission pumped-storage hydropower.

Sept. 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Joins Forces with Other National Labs on $100M Clean Water Hub

Its mission is to focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient, cost-competitive desalination technologies.

Sept. 18, 2019

News Release: NREL Supports Prize for Innovations in Ocean Observing Platforms

The Powering the Blue Economy: Ocean Observing Prize will provide a new opportunity for industry and technology developers to develop marine energy technologies at a scale that is more attainable than utility-scale power.

Aug. 1, 2019

Q&A with Jennifer Daw: Working at the Crossroads of Energy, Water, and Land

Balancing the needs of food, water, and energy is becoming one of the most important trends in sustainability strategy, and we talked with one of its experts, Jennifer Daw, the group manager of strategy, policy, and implantation within NREL’s Integrated Application Center.

July 23, 2019

News Release: NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

The nine winners of the Concept Stage were selected from a field of 22 finalists. They will now move on to the "incubation stage" of the competition, which will culminate in pitch presentations on Oct. 8.

July 19, 2019

Greater Training and Education Needed To Meet Future Demand for U.S. Hydropower Workers

Expanded training and education programs are needed to meet future hydropower industry workforce needs, according to a new report produced jointly by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Center for the New Energy Economy.

June 12, 2019

NREL Accelerates the Development of Wave Energy Water Desalination Technologies in New Prize Competition

The Waves to Water Prize invites competitors to help accelerate early-stage technologies through a series of contests. Participants will demonstrate small, modular, cost-competitive desalination systems that use the power of ocean waves to supplement existing technologies that can provide drinking water to remote and coastal communities.

April 2, 2019

NREL Supports New Strategies to Accelerate PSH Development

NREL is supporting a new water prize to fund innovators who are working to address the non-regulatory challenges pumped-storage hydropower developers face when deploying new projects. The team aims to shorten commissioning times and reduce both risk and required up-front investments.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies.

Feb. 25, 2019

News Release: NREL Industry Growth Forum Announces 2019 Presenting Start-Ups

The 30 companies were selected after a competitive application and review process from more than 150 applicants.

Jan. 8, 2019

New Substation Will Double Generating Capacity at National Wind Technology Center

This upgrade will enable megawatt-scale research that generates nearly twice that amount of power to occur at the same time--increasing opportunities for more grid-connected technologies, including solar panels, batteries, and additional wind turbines.


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