Low Impact New Development
Potential MHK Environmental Impacts
working to ensure future power sources don't harm wildlife
The Department of Energy is pushing hydro-power turbines as one way to create renewable energy.
They have tasked scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to solve the environmental problems that come from the new, underwater technologies.Read More
LASERS, FISH EARS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
ORNL and TVA team up to study Kingston spill restoration efforts
Using lasers and mass spectrometry to study a fish part called an otolith, ORNL researchers are collaborating with the Tennessee Valley Authority to assess TVA’s restoration efforts in the cleanup of the Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, which released 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash into the nearby Emory River in 2008.Read More
New Pathways for Hydropower report
Getting Hydropower Built -- What Does It Take?
This report identifies technological innovations that will decrease the expense and time required to deploy new hydropower in the U.S. Several of the 31 ideas identified address the need to nurture hydro-specific innovation and education. The focus of the report is new small hydro, but many of the ideas are applicable to hydropower development in general.
ORNL research for this project was funded through an ARPA-e award.Read more