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June 28, 2022

OSU awarded $1.9M for hydro project

CORVALLIS — Oregon State University has been awarded $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund research on hybrid hydro-power storage units. The research project aims to demonstrate and quantify the value of a hybrid hydroelectric-storage generation unit, which combines a hydro-power unit that does not have storage capability with supercapacitor energy storage units. The project will involve the construction of a 200 kW lab-based hybrid hydroelectric-storage generation unit that will serve as a testbed for performance analysis and model validation. The project team will then develop a high-resolution, real-time, wide-area grid model to investigate the benefits and challenges arising from large-scale integration of hybrid hydro-power and energy storage units.

OSU's project is one of three to be funded as part of Department of Energy efforts to update and improve the operation of the nation's hydroelectric generation systems, many of which are roughly a century old, and to invest in technologies that increase hydro-power flexibility. $8 million has been awarded across the three projects. The other two awards are for projects led by power companies, General Electric and Littoral Power Systems.

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