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A recent study by Oak Ridge National Lab has shown that there is up to 60 GW of new hydropower development potential available in the United States. Most of the available sites come with challenges with regard to environmental and social sustainability and cost effective development. To address these challenges, DOE’s Water Program initiated a new technology program, HydroNEXT to focus on hydropower technology innovation that will foster development of potential new hydropower capacity in the U.S. The HydroNEXT effort continues in 2015, through this FOA, aimed at the development of suitable technologies to overcome environmental, social, and Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) challenges.

DOE will solicit innovative ideas to harness hydropower that can be rapidly built, removed, and replaced when necessary. Applicants will be encouraged to provide new concepts for alternative hydropower systems that will lower costs of civil infrastructure development, can be deployed in a maximum of 2 years with relatively low environmental impacts, and can be removed or replaced after their intended life is completed. These concepts and systems will be able to operate at a cost that is competitive with traditional sources of generation.

The three topic areas covered by this FOA are outlined below:

Topic Area 1: Design and laboratory testing of new rapidly deployable hydropower technologies that can be easily removed or replaced at the end of their useful life, including, but not limited to, water impounding structures, water conveying systems, and innovative pre-fabricated structures.

Topic Area 2: Research on innovative methods and/or materials for construction of conventional hydropower facilities including, but not limited to, concrete alternatives, in-water construction, and innovative advanced tunneling methods.

Topic Area 3: Design and laboratory testing of new and innovative conventional hydropower powertrain components such as composite and replaceable blade technologies for turbine runners, new generator technologies, and/or materials and coatings for powertrain components.

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Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

A webinar for this FOA was held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Click the link below to access the recorded webinar. Note that you will be asked to register.


  • DE-FOA-0001286_Research_And_Development_Of_Innovative_Technologies_For_Low_Impact_Hydropower_Development (Last Updated: 3/31/2015 06:49 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs (Last Updated: 3/30/2015 02:05 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Full Application

  • SF-424_Application_for_Financial_Assistance (Last Updated: 3/30/2015 07:18 PM ET)
  • EERE_335_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 3/30/2015 07:19 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 3/30/2015 07:20 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/7/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/15/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/9/2015 2:40 PM ET – 7/14/2015 5:00 PM ET