Water Research News

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

July 2, 2024

Facilities Invited To Join New Hydropower Testing Network

The new Hydropower Testing Network connects hydropower technology developers with testing capability providers that can help developers advance their technologies toward commercialization.

June 28, 2024

A Five-Step Plan To Support Smooth Transitions in the Hydropower Workforce

With a new resource developed by NREL, hydropower organizations can better prepare for worker turnover and limit knowledge loss along the way.

June 17, 2024

Beneath the Surface: How a High School Essay Steered Tina Ortega Toward a Career in Marine Energy

Tina Ortega's connection to and reverence for the natural world inspired her to seek out a career that would help protect the environment.

June 11, 2024

How NREL Researchers Are Catalyzing Change for Our Ocean and Climate

Take a closer look at how NREL is meeting some of the biggest challenges set out for National Ocean Month.

June 6, 2024

Marine Energy and Hydropower Collegiate Competitions Name Winners—and Next Year's Hopefuls

The 2024 competitions came to a successful close while more than 30 teams gear up to participate in 2025.

June 5, 2024

How Two Rookie Engineers Expertly Designed a Tidal Energy Turbine

University of New Hampshire doctoral candidates are designing an axial-flow tidal turbine that will be collecting data at the mouth of the Piscataqua River in New England.

May 10, 2024

Water Research Hub Earns 5 More Years of Funding

Launched in 2019, the National Alliance for Water Innovation is a research hub that brings together a world-class team of partners from industry and academia as well as the hub's public membership organization.

May 3, 2024

Additive Manufacturing Could Turn the Tides for Marine Energy Technologies—Here Is How

Researchers have been exploring how additive manufacturing could complement marine energy technologies. Hint: the two are a promising pair.

May 2, 2024

Tidal Energy Is Coming to Alaska. But How Much?

Alaska's Cook Inlet contains huge amounts of untapped tidal energy. But little is known about how much economic value this powerful inlet could bring to Alaska—until now.

April 18, 2024

The (In)Visible Plastic Pollution Problem

Together, BOTTLE's upstream approach and WaterPACT's downstream approach to addressing the plastic pollution problem will enable a better future for humanity and our environment.

April 17, 2024

Alaska’s Wind, Wave, Tidal Resources Could Help State Meet Future Energy Needs, NREL Determines

Offshore wind makes sense for decarbonizing energy production and building energy security and independence when it comes to ocean renewable energy production in Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf.

April 15, 2024

Do We Still Need Hydropower?

NREL experts weigh in on the benefits and downsides to our oldest form of renewable energy.

April 4, 2024

Competitions Provide Springboard for College Students To Make Waves in Water Power

Teams of postsecondary students are invited to join these challenging competitions that offer skills-building experience, a deep dive into clean energy technologies, and the chance to win cash prizes.

April 3, 2024

How Mountains Could Store Mountains of Clean Energy

Pumped storage hydropower might be one of the most promising ways to store energy for a future 100% clean energy grid. But it has been difficult for the public to know how much these facilities might cost to build—until now.

March 28, 2024

Why You Might Love a Career in Marine Energy

Researchers across labs joined a Marine Energy Career Panel and agreed that their jobs are nothing if not varied.

March 20, 2024

Could a New Renewable Energy App Help Inspire Future Climate Crusaders?

Newly launched Renewable Energy Discovery Island could make it easy to teach, explore, and learn about clean energy (especially water power).

March 13, 2024

New Report Shows It Is Time To Tap Into Hydropower Investment Opportunities

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory explores investment opportunities in hydropower.

March 8, 2024

Beneath the Surface: Alec Schnabel Has the Power (and the Power Electronics) To Advance Wave Energy

Alec Schnabel is working to advance one especially powerful part of marine energy technologies: their electronic guts.

Feb. 1, 2024

Can Ocean Energy Power Carbon Removal?

In a new study, NREL researchers analyzed the benefits and drawbacks of promising marine carbon management techniques.

Jan. 22, 2024

Local Clean Energy Projects Get a Boost Through New SOLVE IT Prize

The new $5 million SOLVE IT Prize will support development of innovative local clean energy solutions with heavy community involvement.

Jan. 16, 2024

Beneath the Surface: Nicole Mendoza Is a Supersonic Environmentalist

Nicole Mendoza is building extra-sustainable clean energy technologies, including kelp-like wave energy devices that mimic her beloved nature.

Jan. 16, 2024

The Yoga of Energy (Specifically, Ocean Energy)

A newly patented kind of energy generator could be woven into fabrics, building walls, or roads to form what their inventors call "metamaterials."

Jan. 9, 2024

Hydropower Is Global. Should Hydropower Research Be, Too?

Dany Tome, a graduate student at the University of South-Eastern Norway, spent five weeks at NREL as part of a larger partnership between Norway and the United States. As part of his internship, Tome researched hydropower, one of the world's biggest sources of renewable energy.


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