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


April 2, 2020

News Release: $125,000 Awarded in DISCOVER Stage of Ocean Observing Prize; Launch of DEVELOP Competition

NREL announced the 11 winners of the DISCOVER Competition, the first stage of the Powering the Blue Economy: Ocean Observing Prize. Of the selected winners, 10 received $10,000 each, and one grand prizewinner received $25,000 to help accelerate the development of the marine energy sector.

March 30, 2020

Women Making Waves in Marine Energy Research

NREL celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting the innovation and leadership of three women in marine energy research.

March 24, 2020

Harnessing Marine Energy at All Scales, From a Village Microgrid to a Vast Tidal Inlet

NREL-led assessments are helping remote, off-grid communities such as Igiugig in Alaska identify self-sustaining microgrid options, while the team’s resource characterization work in Cook Inlet has the potential to deliver power to the grid for distribution across the state.

March 16, 2020

Waves to Water Academic Teams Sharpen Their Pencils—and Their Desalination Designs

In November, DOE announced the 20 CONCEPT stage winning teams, each awarded $10,000 from a $200,000 cash prize pool. Wielding their book smarts, seven academic teams were among the 20 winners.

March 10, 2020

NREL Demonstrates New Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Methods and Technology

NREL researchers demonstrated a new advanced material used to manufacture wind turbine blades to manufacturing industry representatives during a Women in Manufacturing (WiM) event.

March 3, 2020

Taking the Plunge: Inaugural MECC Competitors Dive In

To unlock the power of the ocean and the burgeoning field of marine energy, the U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office launched the first-ever Marine Energy Collegiate Competition. Fifteen teams, comprising undergraduate and graduate students, answered the call to participate, putting their heads together to develop innovative marine energy solutions to power the Blue Economy.

Feb. 19, 2020

Inaugural Edition of Industrial Data Book Identifies Trends in How Industry Uses Energy

New Data Compilation Includes Information on Industrial Energy Prices and Economic Activity for 2016-2018.

Feb. 19, 2020

Life in the FAST Lane: A Pumped-Storage Prize Progress Report

What does it take to fast-track pumped-storage hydropower projects? Four hard-working teams of innovators may hold the answer.

Feb. 18, 2020

Industry Innovators Take on Wave-Powered Desalination Challenge through DOE Prize Competition

The Waves to Water Prize competition invites participants to develop wave-powered desalination systems that can be deployed in disaster-relief scenarios and remote coastal locations to provide potable drinking water. DOE selected 20 teams as winners of the CONCEPT Stage of the prize.

Feb. 18, 2020

Latest Data Book Shows U.S. Renewable Capacity Surpassed 20% for First Time in 2018

New edition also shows continued growth in U.S. installed wind and solar photovoltaic capacity, energy storage, and electric vehicle sales.

Jan. 29, 2020

Water Resource Recovery Prize Launches to Inspire Innovators to Help Meet the Water Security Grand Challenge

DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office launched the Water Resource Recovery Prize, a $1 million two-phased competition designed to increase resource recovery from municipal wastewater treatment plants across the U.S.

Jan. 27, 2020

News Release: NREL Opens Prize Designed to Generate Solutions for Protecting Fish from Water Power Structures

Today, NREL announced the opening of a new prize competition — the Fish Protection Prize — designed to generate innovative methods for keeping fish out of water diversions and dam intakes. The movement of fish into water infrastructure separates fish from their natural habitat and can impact native populations, threaten biodiversity, and impede recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.

Jan. 2, 2020

Declining Renewable Costs Drive Focus on Energy Storage

An oft-repeated refrain—the sun doesn't always shine, is sometimes seen as an impediment to renewable energy. But it's also an impetus toward discovering the best ways to store that energy until it's needed.


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