How will SMH research and development engage the community and stakeholders?

Through continued engagement with a community of hydropower development stakeholders, SMH research and development (R&D) actions plan to address opportunities, risks, and challenges associated with small hydropower development and the realization of standard modular technologies.

ORNL and DOE intend to maintain a highly collaborative space to build a knowledge basis that acts not only as the foundation for selecting and validating the design criteria for the SMH technology, but generates ideas and acceptance for the future small hydropower development in the market place. Sustained engagement with stakeholders across the hydropower development community will be pivotal in ensuring SMH technology evolves from concept to practical testing and usage.

At present, the two pathways for engagement and collaboration with ORNL on the SMH project include industry partnerships and publication review and comment.  Future opportunities will include workshops, webinars, tool and protocol development, and continued partnerships to develop and advance SMH technologies.

Industry Partners

ORNL is seeking collaboration with industry partners to develop frameworks and tools for demonstrating and advancing SMH technologies.  Mechanisms for collaboration and technology transfer include but will not be limited to Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and Interagency Agreements (IAAs), workshops, and other elicitation. 

If you or your business would like to learn more about the SMH project and potential partnership opportunities with ORNL, please Contact Us.

Stay tuned for more information on whom we are working with.

Publication feedback

ORNL is seeking review and public comment on the structure and content of two foundational SMH publications: A Multi-Year Plan for Research, Development, and Prototype Testing of Standard Modular Hydropower Technology and the Exemplary Design Envelope Specification for Standard Modular Hydropower Technology.  Both of these documents are available on the Publications page.

Please Contact Us to discuss how you can provide feedback on these important documents. 

Get involved

  • Upcoming events: Workshop with ORNL SMH team on Standard Modular Hydropower project fundamentals, Date (TBD).
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