Research

The existing hydropower fleet is aging and generation from these assets is declining. There is a significant opportunity to cost-effectively improve performance and flexibility and sustainably increase generation at these existing hydropower facilities. This can readily be achieved through equipment modernization, capacity increases, and water use optimization. Through R&D the Program aims to improve the performance and flexibility of hydropower systems and evaluate major risks to the existing hydropower fleet.

Hydropower Research

Asset Management Improvement
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Brennan T. Smith
U.S. Hydropower Market and Trends Report
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Rocio Uria Martinez
Biologically Based Design & Evaluation of Hydro-Turbines
Principal Investigators:
Dr. Mark S. Bevelhimer & Dr. Brenda Pracheil
Cost Data Collection & Modeling for Hydropower
Principal Investigator:
Patrick O’Connor
Facilitating Regulatory Process Improvements
Principal Investigator:
Shelaine Curd, PMP
International Collaboration
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Brennan T. Smith
National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Shih-Chieh Kao
Effects of Climate Change on Hydropower - The SECURE Water Act Section 9505 Assessment
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Shih-Chieh Kao

Existing Technology

Acoustics Exposure Experiment for Sensitive Fish Species
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mark S. Bevelhimer
Informing a Tidal Turbine Strike Probability Model through Characterization of Fish Behavioral Response using Multibeam Sonar Output
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mark S. Bevelhimer

New Technology

45 Mile Hydroelectric Power Project
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Boualem Hadjerioua
Environmental Metrics for Hydropower
Principal Investigator:
Shelaine Curd, PMP
Modular Pumped Storage Hydropower Feasibility and Economic Analysis
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Boualem Hadjerioua
Standard Modular Hydropower Technology Acceleration
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Brennan T. Smith
Water Quality Modeling Improvements for the Columbia and Cumberland River Basins
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Boualem Hadjerioua