$11 Million Dedicated to Water Power Research

– National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., for the design and testing of marine and hydrokinetic devices.
– Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., to increase the reliability and cost-effectiveness of marine and hydrokinetic devices.
– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Sequim, Wash., to identify, analyze, and predict environmental impacts of marine and hydrokinetic energy production.
– Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., to quantify the magnitude of environmental changes caused by marine and hydrokinetic technologies.
– Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., to develop and demonstrate models for optimizing the efficiency and environmental performance of hydropower plants.
– Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to evaluate fish-friendly turbine designs and measure greenhouse gas emissions in reservoirs across the country.

Also, the DOE recently announced plans to provide $37 million in economic stimulus funds for clean-energy research and development projects. (HydroWorld 8/26/09) Companies with less than 500 employees are eligible for the grants.

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