Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO)

An international partnership between Norwegian and U.S. researchers could help modernize the world’s biggest source of renewable energy—hydropower—and answer the question: How can hydropower help fight climate change? Photo by Bryan Bechtold, NREL

Hydropower Is Global. Should Hydropower Research Be, Too?

Why U.S. and Norway Experts Are Partnering Up To Explore How This Renewable Could Help the World Transition to Clean Energy When Dany Tome first arrived at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) campus in Golden, Colorado, he did not notice the golden grasses waving from the hillsides or the … [continued]

The U.S. Department of Energy is investing in a new kind of flexible wave energy technology that could convert ocean waves into clean electricity and help power coastal communities, marine research, and even a future clean energy grid. Graphic by NREL.

How Origami, Acrylic Skins, & Flexible Flaps Are Advancing Wave Energy

With Two Awards and Some Stellar Students, Researcher Polishes New, Highly Flexible Technology Blake Boren had a few questions about the flexible flap. Like, how big should the flap be? What is the optimal flap shape? And what is the best way to build a flexible flap? “I guess a … [continued]

Image credit: NOAA

Accelerating Power At Sea For A Thriving Blue Economy

New Prize Challenges Competitors To Seek Innovative Solutions To Help Ensure Energy Endurance in Ocean Extremes The ocean contains enough water to fill quintillions of gallon-sized containers. It is no surprise then that these vast waters hide mysteries, many of which remain beyond humanity’s reach. But some mysteries—like brewing superstorms and … [continued]

Two researchers have determined cost-effective ways to purchase these strange, alien legs dropping down to the seafloor—also known as moorings—for a new wave energy test facility currently under construction off the coast of Oregon. Illustration by Josh Bauer, NREL.

Wave Energy Devices Will Soon Head to New Testing Facility—But They Are Missing Something

New Study Identifies Cost-Effective Options To Tether Devices to Ocean Floor

U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Seeks Public Feedback to Define Inadequate Electric…

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) released a Request for Information (RFI) to seek stakeholder input on factors to consider in relation to defining “an area where there is inadequate electric service,” which will inform … [continued]