Water Power for a Clean Energy Future (Fact Sheet)

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Water power technologies harness energy from rivers and oceans to generate electricity for the nation's homes and businesses, and can help the United States meet its pressing energy, environmental, and economic challenges. Water power technologies; fall into two broad categories: conventional hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic technologies. Conventional hydropower uses dams or impoundments tostore river water in a reservoir. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies capture energy from waves, tides, ocean currents, free-flowing rivers, streams, and ocean thermal gradients.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Superceded by June 2011 version. This link will redirect you to: NREL/FS-6A40-51315; DOE/GO-102011-3287.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A4-48104

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102010-3066


  • water power
  • water technologies


Dive into the research topics of 'Water Power for a Clean Energy Future (Fact Sheet)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this