Optimize hydropower operations so that hydropower can better complement variable renewable energy resources, like wind and solar, that help power the grid!
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is launching the Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2Os) Prize to encourage the development of new solutions that can help advance hydropower’s contribution to the grid. This competition will run in three distinct phases where Topcoder members can employ modeling, data analytics, and machine learning to schedule hydropower operations that respect water management operations and constraints in coordination with existing grid scheduling practices.
CHALLENGES AND PRIZES
The three-phase competition is offering a combined cash prize pool of up to $75,000. Each phase will have increasing complexity and all phases are open to new and returning competitors.
WHY THIS MATTERS
As the U.S. grid evolves and integrates more variable renewable energy resources, like wind and solar, hydropower will need to adapt to changing grid conditions and support the reliability and resiliency of the grid while also meeting water management needs, such as water supply, environmental flow requirements, and management of nuisance flooding.
Hydropower technologies are versatile and can be dispatched quickly. They can operate flexibly, reliably, and sustainably, but grid operators often limit existing hydropower resources based on conservative estimates of hydropower availability and water management practices.
As part of WPTO’s Hydropower and Water Innovation for a Resilient Energy System (HydroWIRES) Initiative, the H2Os Prize encourages innovators to leverage both advanced modeling as well as data analytics and machine learning capabilities to develop solutions that can help hydropower systems coordinate with existing grid scheduling practices and offer the full set of hydropower resource capabilities without negatively impacting the water system.
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H2Os Prize Resources
- H2Os Official Rules Document
- The Role Of Hydropower In The Next Generation Grid
- HydroWIRES Initiative
- H2Os FAQ
- For further questions, please reach out to H2OsPrize@nrel.gov