Scheduled DOE workshops

View the Department of Energy (DOE) workshops scheduled during Waterpower Week in Washington 2019!

Monday, April 1, 2019    

Hydropower and Marine Energy STEM Summit
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Independence D

With support from DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Hydropower Foundation will gather U.S. water power stakeholders to discuss workforce and educational needs for the hydropower and marine energy fields. The workshop will provide an opportunity for representatives from the U.S. industry and research communities to discuss opportunities to better inform students and the general public about water power technologies and STEM opportunities, and about how to fill current and future workforce needs.

 

   

System Cost and Scaling Tool for Marine Energy
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Independence ABC

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is developing a techno-economic analysis tool for marine energy technologies utilizing NREL’s System Advisory Model (SAM). SAM is a free software that combines detailed performance and financial models to estimate the cost of energy for systems. SAM has been used by other renewable energy technologies – including wind, solar, and geothermal. The SAM tool will enable the marine energy community to perform cost and performance analysis of a potential system quickly and consistently. This is an opportunity for potential users to provide feedback on the tool functionality and user interface. NREL will also seek input regarding specific cost assumption needs (such as permitting or cable costs).

 

   
Wednesday, April 3, 2019    

Marine Energy Environmental Cost Assessment
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Liberty IJK

This workshop will include discussion about initial strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of permitting marine energy projects and will also provide an update on the data collected by the project team and additional economy findings. This workshop focuses on research conducted on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office by Sandia National Laboratories and partners including H.T. Harvey & Associates, Kearns & West, and Integral Consulting. The purpose of this effort is to understand the costs from both industry and regulatory agency perspectives (time and resources as well as direct costs for industry) to develop strategy to meet regulatory requirements while reducing licensing and compliance costs over time, ultimately enabling emerging marine energy technologies to attain utility-scale contributions to the United States’ renewable energy portfolio.

 

   

Hydropower Vision Progress Report
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Independence ABC

DOE’s Hydropower Vision set forth priority pathways identified by industry, environmental groups, and other hydropower stakeholders as the necessary steps to realize the full potential benefits of hydropower in the U.S. These pathways involve strengthening the body of knowledge that enables industry to develop and deploy new technologies, quantify the value of grid reliability services, address regulatory requirements, and maintain and improve the sustainability of U.S. hydropower assets. At this workshop, you will learn more about what progress the hydropower community has made against the Roadmap since it was published in 2016 and how we will continue to move forward as a community by keeping that Roadmap relevant. The workshop will provide an opportunity to collect industry input on current efforts, define key challenges, and identify short-term and mid-term industry needs.

 

   

DOE Hydropower - Grid Portfolio: Identifying New Value for Hydropower in an Evolving Energy System
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Independence ABC

In this workshop, DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office will preview its new hydropower-grid research initiative, including its technical and organizational structure as well as the draft research roadmap.  WPTO will also update attendees on specific research topics addressed by the national laboratories that will be the focus of future publications, including storage technology performance characterizations, market design and grid planning, and hydropower’s ability to provide reliability services such as inertia and black start.

 

   

Marine Energy Composite Research and Industry Needs
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Marriott Marquis - Liberty IJK

Researchers from DOE national laboratories will host a workshop focused on recent composite materials research and the marine energy community’s need for further research. Presenters will share findings on composite materials properties and response for marine energy technology applications. The presentation will include an update on composite material samples that were tested for biofouling, fatigue, and corrosion under artificial and actual sea water conditions.  Upcoming composite substructure evaluations will also be presented. Workshop will conclude by requesting attendee input on additional materials needs. This effort builds upon previous research supported by DOE to support marine energy technology design and manufacturing developments.