Water Power Program 2010 Hydropower Technology Summit Meetings

Purpose: To create a forum in which the state of conventional hydropower in the U.S. can be discussed and debated by industry experts and other interested parties.  Three specific topic areas are identified to be of interest at this time: (1) technologies for small hydropower development, (2) environmental mitigation technologies for hydropower development, and (3) pumped-storage hydropower.  These meetings have been convened by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the National Hydropower Association (NHA), and the Hydropower Research Foundation, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program.  This website has been established to enable additional input to this fact-finding process.

Who: A diverse mix of participants have been invited to participate in these technology summit meetings, including domestic and international hydropower experts, project developers, environmental and engineering consultants, resource agency personnel, government laboratory staff, and academic researchers.  All interested parties who may have additional information and/or opposing views may view summaries of the meetings and provide their input.

How to Participate: Summary reports from each of the hydropower technology summit meetings are available through the hotlinks below.    The information can be provided via the window under each summary on this website.

1) Small Hydropower Summit
When: April 7 and 8, 2010
Where:  NHA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Focus: This Summit meeting focused on the major issues facing small hydropower:  project development and operation, manufacturing and construction, research and development.

Click here to download a summary of the Small Hydropower Summit Meeting:

2) Environmental Mitigation Technology Summit
When: June 2 and 3, 2010
Where:  Jones Day Law Offices, Washington, DC
Focus:This Summit meeting developed information about what new or improved environmental mitigation measures are needed to enhance hydropower production in the U.S., how the cost of environmental mitigation can be reduced, and how consensus can be reached on solutions to environmental issues.


3) Pumped Storage Development Summit
When: 20-21 Sep 2010
Where:  Washington DC
Focus:  This Summit meeting focused on understanding the current issues facing pumped storage hydropower development in the U.S., including energy storage, load following, load balancing and peaking power.

Click here to download a summary of the Summit Meeting on Pumped Storage.



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