U.S. DOE invites applicants for fish passage technology funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office is now accepting applications to take part in its “Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams” program.

The initiative, which DOE said will “fund early-stage research into innovative fish passage solutions to effectively provide volitional upstream fish passage while reducing both construction and operational costs compared to existing methods”, includes $2.5 million in financing from the agency’s HydroNEXT campaign.

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for the funding in one of two categories, including:

Topic Area 1: Testing the Effects of Innovative Fish Passage Technologies. Through two subtopics, this area will cover development of a prototype and/or testing of innovative technologies that can reduce construction and/or operational costs associated with either upstream or downstream fish passage at a hydropower dam to improve efficiencies of volitional fish passage

Topic Area 2Advancing Innovative Methods and Technologies to Improve Fish Passage – Through two subtopics, this area will focus on technological advancements and research that can improve the efficacy and efficiency of volitional fish passage. Innovations in this context can refer to improvements in detection, sorting, counting, and/or identification of fish that have the ability to improve operations and monitoring and improvements in fish attraction and/or guidance technologies.

Applicants are asked to submit a concept paper no later than Oct. 23, 2017, with full applications due Dec. 7, 2017.

Full information and application documents can be found via the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy here

HydroNEXT is an ongoing DOE program that has already made signifiant monetary contributions toward the development of technologies associated with America’s small, pumped-storage and marine energy sectors.

The initiative was unveiled by DOE concurrently with its Hydropower Vision plan at HydroVision International 2016.


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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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