SMH Research

The Standard Modular Hydropower (SMH) project is rooted in a belief that new hydropower facilities and technologies must sustain the important functions of a stream while generating energy at competitive prices.

Click on the boxes below or visit the Publications page to learn more about SMH research.

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SMH Philosophy

Environmentally compatible, cost-optimized hydropower

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Site Classification

Stream groupings with similar characteristics

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Exemplary Design

Standardized module and facility design

What are we currently researching?

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Exploring standard modularity

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Innovative designs

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Non-Powered Dams

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Recent impacts of research

Prior SMH-funded research also investigated hydraulic testing and validation needs for small hydropower, the results of which are being leveraged to support ongoing scoping of technology testing needs applicable to hydropower, more broadly. In addition, SMH research findings prompted further DOE investigation into geotechnical foundations, resulting in a recently published ORNL Technical Report and the development of the Groundbreaking Hydro Prize.

Iterative learning

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Simulation and Modeling

Design evaluation and optimization

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Testing and Validation

Safety, performance, and reliability verification