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STEM for Hydropower

This information-sharing portal is designed to help spur innovation and growth in the hydropower energy technologies industry and support workforce development.

Hydropower Foundation, 2011 DOE-funded fellowship students

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Hydropower

Hydropower energy technologies play an important role in the growing renewable energy industry, but there are not enough workers to fill open jobs in the industry. To continue to spur innovation and growth in these exciting technology areas, the industry needs to inspire the next generation of hydropower energy workers. The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are developing the STEM for Hydropower and STEM for Marine Energy portals to help interested students learn and to provide resources for academia and industry to educate the future workforce.

Workforce Data & Analysis

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Explore the hydropower workforce and job-related data. Learn about jobs and economic development impacts , industry-led education and training programs , workshops and events , advisory committees for hydropower and marine energy STEM , workforce reports , and more. You can also participate in a living survey and provide input on the portal content and your experiences in the hydropower industry.


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Explore a variety of STEM resources for hydropower, including hydropower education and training programs and curricula and training materials . The career pathways page offers day-in-the-life videos, career profiles, and case studies.

Networking & Career Building

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Explore resources for professional network development , job board links , and a collection of best practices for potential partnerships .

Prizes & Competitions

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Explore opportunities to use your ingenuity and creativity by competing for hydropower prizes sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office. See Fact Sheet: Prizes Power NREL Water Power Innovation

Water Power Site Tours

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Discover locations of power generation sites with museums, educational facilities, and site tours . Also search for virtual tours of power generation facilities such as dams, locks, canals, hydro plants, and pumped storage facilities.


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Learn about the latest government hydropower research , student research conducted through the Hydropower Foundation's Research Awards Program , university research , and capstone projects .

News & Announcements

Reserve your Spark Squad comic book! Spark Squad is a new comic book from Energy Saver for Kids and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the first comic book of the series, the Spark Squad kids explore the world of marine energy. Fill out this Microsoft Form to request your comic book.

Coming in 2022: The U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Renewable Energy Discovery (REDi) Island, an interactive, educational, three-dimensional learning platform in the form of a virtual renewable energy-powered island. Check out a preview of Desalination Station , the first stop on the island tour.

NWHA Launches Hydropower Ambassadors Program The Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) recently launched an ambassadors program to facilitate members in taking a more active role in educating the next generation on the value, benefits, and importance of hydropower in the region. Learn more and volunteer

Attracting the Next Workforce Generation: Actions Underway How do you attract new talent when potential recruits know little about the industry or its opportunities? Learn more about the STEM Workforce Development project and the efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Hydropower Foundation. This portal is part of that effort. Read the article

New Gender Study to Explore Women’s Employment in Hydropower A new World Bank study supported by the International Hydropower Association will look at ways to promote gender equality in the hydropower sector. Learn more and take the survey

This portal is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO). The United States Government retains, and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the United States Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for United States Government purposes.