Apply to the New Hydropower Collegiate Competition!

Hydropower Collegiate Competition by the Department of Energy

Want to help solve some of the most near-term challenges in the clean energy transition? The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office recently launched the inaugural Hydropower Collegiate Competition (HCC) and is accepting applications to join the 2023 cohort of competitors!

The Hydropower Collegiate Competition calls on undergraduate and graduate students to offer unique solutions to complex challenges related to hydropower’s ability to enable a 100% clean energy grid. In its first year, HCC invites interdisciplinary teams of post-secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students from a variety of academic programs to inspire the next generation of hydropower workers and offer unique solutions to complex hydropower challenges.

The application window is now open–get involved today! Submit an application to join the 2023 cohort of collegiate innovators or share the opportunity with your network. Help us revitalize hydro! 

Application details:

Non-U.S. institutions are welcome to apply but must partner with a U.S.-accredited institution and will not receive DOE funding. Learn more about eligibility and funding in the 2023 Hydropower Collegiate Competition Rules & Requirements.

The Hydropower Collegiate Competition application requires no research or engineering details and can be submitted by a student or faculty member interested in participating in the competition. If selected to participate in this year’s HCC, student teams will have nearly a year to develop a concept to solve leading hydropower challenges; participate in two contests, the Case Study Contest and the Connections Creation Contest; and present at Waterpower Week or a similar industry event in Spring 2023.

Thank you in advance for your support! Be sure to follow the competition to see how DOE, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Hydropower Foundation, is helping to pave the way for next-generation workers to start their clean energy careers.


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