Energy-Water Resources Group

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) supports the Department of Energy's mission to research, test, evaulate, develop, and demonstrate deployment of innovative technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective energy from water resources. ORNL, supports hydropower research, technology development, deployment, and market acceleration.

The Energy-Water-Resource Systems team within ORNL's Environmental Sciencs Division is committed to Sustainable energy production and water availability in healthy ecosystems through technology development, systems analysis, and decision support.

hydropower image 1 Current Research Focus Areas are on Research, Development, Deployment and Market Acceleration

Conventional Hydropower - Existent Infrastructure, Pumped Storage, Small Hydropower, New Hydropower, Non-powered dams.
Hydrokinetics– Riverine, Marine, Tidal, Wave
Modeling – Optimization, Ecosystem and Organism Interaction, Water Quality, Headwater benefits, Climate Change

Current opportunities to work with this team can be accessed through Oak Ridge National Laboratory career page: and the ORISE Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory at


  • ORNL Hydropower Fact Sheet June 2014pdf file
  • ORNL Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Hydropower Reservoirs pdf file
  • ORNL Instream/Environmental Flows Researchpdf file
  • National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP) June 2012pdf file
  • ORNL MHK Acoustic Measurements Oct 2011 pdf file
  • ORNL Environmental Fact Sheet Jan 2011 pdf file
  • ORNL Hydropower Optimization Jan 2011 pdf file
  • Downstream Fish Passage through Hydropower Turbinespdf file
  • The Use of Traits-Based Assessment to Estimate Effects of Hydropower Projects on Fish Populationspdf file