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

April 8, 2021

NREL Announces Winners of the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize

Two winning teams claimed top honors in the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize with their creative concepts to help support hydropower's continued trajectory of growth.

April 5, 2021

Calling All Marine Tech Titans: The Third Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Is Now Open for Applications!

Ready to dive in? The 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition is now open for applications!

March 22, 2021

Charting the Course: NREL Team To De-risk Desal Device Deployment

NREL researchers work to transform seawater into drinking water as we commemorate World Water Day 2021.

March 17, 2021

MECC Competitors to Set Sail This Spring: 2022 Competition Opens for Applications April 5

Don’t be blue: the launch of the 2022 MECC is just around the corner. Learn more.

March 16, 2021

NREL Researchers Pinpoint Potential That Lies Within the Waves

A new NREL report provides a snapshot of U.S. marine energy potential at the national, state, and regional levels.

Feb. 9, 2021

News Release: From Saltwater to Drinking Water: NREL Announces 10 Winners of the Waves to Water Prize ADAPT Stage; Launch of CREATE Stage

NREL revealed 10 winners of the third stage of the Waves to Water Prize. These teams will walk away with a cash prize and an invitation to advance to the next stage of the prize, CREATE, where they will bring these ideas to life with proofs of concepts and prototyping of their novel wave-energy-powered desalination systems.

Feb. 1, 2021

Better Cost Estimates Build Better Systems: NREL Updates SAM Wave and Tidal Tools

Techno-economic analysis just got a bit easier for the marine renewable energy industry. Learn more about the updates to the wave and tidal SAM tool.

Jan. 25, 2021

Multi-Lab Collaboration Releases Groundbreaking High-Resolution, Long-Term Wave Resource Dataset

In collaboration with PNNL and Sandia, NREL has released a high spatial resolution, publicly-accessible ocean surface wave hindcast dataset.

Jan. 25, 2021

Water Security Warriors Gear Up for Waves to Water CREATE Stage

In the upcoming Waves to Water Prize CREATE Stage, competitors will transform their wave-powered desalination system ideas from concept to reality, vying for a shared prize pool of $500,000 and the chance to move on to the final stage of the prize: DRINK.

Jan. 14, 2021

Saying Yes to Water Power Success: NREL Project Standouts in WPTO Accomplishments Report

Take a bird's-eye view of WPTO's 2019–2020 hydropower and marine energy accomplishments, and learn about the NREL projects highlighted within this comprehensive publication.

Jan. 13, 2021

Shoring Up Wave Energy's Bottom Line Through Variable-Generation WEC Designs

Could the secret to unlocking wave energy's potential be found in shape-shifting control? NREL researcher Nathan Tom and his team think so.

Jan. 12, 2021

Strength in Numbers: I AM Hydro Prize Partnerships

Learn about the I AM Hydro Prize and the advanced-manufacturing partners supporting it.

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