EERE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

02/12/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/12/2020 09:56

Energy Department Renews Commitment to Collaboration on Hydropower Research and Development with Norway

Last week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Norway's Royal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED) made a commitment to collaborate on hydropower research and development by signing an Annex to a previously signed memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions for the Department of Energy, signed the Annex in Trondheim, Norway on February 4. Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Norway's State Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, signed on behalf of Norway. Following the signing ceremony, researchers and industry experts from Norway, the United States, and others met for the Hydropower Summit 2020 workshop, which focused on hydropower optimization, technology challenges, and environmental conditions.

This MOU Annex brings together the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Water Power Technologies Office and the Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen) to plan and coordinate hydropower R&D activities; develop, share, and implement results; increase understanding of hydropower's role in the future energy mix; and provide input to international discussions regarding hydropower.

Hydropower faces similar challenges and opportunities in the United States and Norway, and both countries are committed to enabling hydropower to support their respective electricity systems. Collaborative R&D under this Annex may include: