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Moving water could replace diesel energy in remote communities

November 16, 2021

In remote regions of Alaska, many communities aren’t connected to a regional electrical grid, forcing them to rely on importing diesel fuel to meet their energy needs. But the harsh elements can lead to interruptions in their fuel supply, and...

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Small hydropower proves to be an ally for rural communities

August 23, 2021

The poet John Donne said no man is an island. Instead, everyone is part of a greater community. The same is true for power plants – most of the time. Normally, plants connect to the grid and help each other...

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How hydropower can help the grid recover from extreme events

November 4, 2020

Water is known to have healing qualities, but in the case of hydroelectric power generation, it has the power to stabilize the electric grid in times of crisis. As threats become more common from both nature and human activity, researchers...

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National labs lend expertise to overhaul circulatory system of the American West

August 7, 2020

It might be tempting to think of cowboys and cattle drives, but the real story of the American West can be summed up in one word: water. Since the 1870s, water and irrigation in the West have been source material...

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Virtual reservoirs can boost flexibility of small-scale hydropower

March 13, 2019

As the nation seeks to expand renewable energy sources without compromising reliability, one option is more flexible (and profitable) hydropower that doesn’t involve dams. New research from America’s national labs shows that smaller scale “run-of-river” hydropower can provide just as...

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