Renewable Energy Technology Applications - Hydropower and Ocean Energy Technologies  

Education Type: 
1 Hour


AIA Learning Units: 
1.0 LU | HSW
0.1 CEU

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Hydropower and ocean energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative
mandates, improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. The course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective hydropower and ocean energy technologies and common implementation considerations.


Dr. Andy Walker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   

Andy Walker, PhD, is principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he conducts engineering and economic analysis of renewable energy projects for FEMP and other non-governmental clients. Dr. Walker is an instructor and has authored more than 28 book chapters, journal articles, and papers. He holds a bachelor's of science degree, a master's of science degree, and a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will learn to:

  • Understand geographic/climate considerations hydropower and ocean energy technology capabilities and constraints;
  • Evaluation of various technology options;
  • Understand hydropower micro-applications, wave power conversion technologies, tidal/marine current technologies, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) technologies; and
  • Assess factors to integrate hydropower and ocean energy into larger energy systems.