Hydropower included in U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center project

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to fund a consortium to pursue five identified research and development topics at the nexus of energy and water, one of which includes hydropower.

U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center: Energy and water funding opportunity includes five topics:

* Water use reduction at thermoelectric plants

* Treatment and management of non-traditional waters

* Improving sustainable hydropower design and operation

* Climate impact modeling, methods and scenarios to support improved energy and water systems understanding

* Data and analysis to inform planning, policy and other decision

Proposals received must address all five topics.

The consortium that is funded with form a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research center, which is a bilateral initiative to encourage R&D collaboration and accelerate technology development and deployment in both the U.S. and China. The DOE funding opportunity will support the U.S. consortium. In parallel, and with equivalent resources, Chinese funding will support a counterpart Chinese consortium.

Estimated total project funding is $12.5 million. The closing date for applications is May 4.

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