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NHA thanks the many volunteers who steered the development of our program to ensure the industry's most vital topics continue to rise to the surface. Topics were developed for technical- , operational-,and business-focused professionals involved with waterpower.

Have a question or comment about our program? Email Clean Currents program lead Marla Barnes.

Full Schedule

Full Schedule

  • Monday, October 18, 2021
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    43rd Annual Joint Hydro Meeting (Invite only)
  • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET
    Hydropower Foundation Golf Tournament
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Registration Open
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Exhibitor Move-In
  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Tour of Georgia Power's Wallace Dam and Rock Hawk Effigy and Trails System
  • 9:15 AM – 3:00 PM ET
    Tours of Georgia Power's Morgan Falls (3 options)
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Hydropower Technical Committee Annual Meeting
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 101 Workshop
  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Building the U.S. Marine Energy Roadmap Strategy Summit
  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    NHA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydropower Community of Practice Meeting (Corps of Engineers employees only)
  • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET
    NHA Committees, Councils, and Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) Happy Hour
  • 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET
    Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) Networking Dinner
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET
    Registration Open
  • 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM ET
    NHA Hydraulic Power Committee (HPC) Meeting
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM ET
    Welcome Warm-Up Coffee Social
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET
    Clean Currents Kick Off Plenary: Innovation and Technology Advances
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    Coffee Break in CC: Central
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    CC: Central Open
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Innovation Power House: Demonstration Stations
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Innovation Power House: Meet and Greets
  • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
    Marine Energy Learning Center -- View Poster Presentations and Hear from the Experts
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    Double 3 Telepresence Robot
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    Meet and Greet: Clean Currents Featured Scientists and Inventors
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    Mechanical Engineering Experience Exchange: Sharing Trends, Hot Topics, Advances
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    Special Session: Ear to the River - Unveiling Industry Survey Results
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    7 - Risk-Informed Decision Making (RIDM)
  • 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
    A Cost-Effective Grid-Connected Scaled Tidal Energy Test Site at Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    Digital Twin Technologies
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    Meet and Greet: Steven Miles, Director, Hydroelectric Design Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM ET
    L&S Electric sponsored content: Advanced Excitation in Power Generation
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    Innovation Power House: Meet and Greets
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    Zebra and Quagga Mussel Abatement: Technologies to Protect Raw Water Systems
  • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET
    Networking Lunch
  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM ET
    The New Normal: Workplace Realities in a Pandemic
  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM ET
    4 - Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure: New Technologies and Programs to Safeguard Against Threats
  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM ET
    5 - The Budget 'Balancing Act': Sharing Experiences about Funding Dam Safety and O&M
  • 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM ET
    A Hybrid Integrated Renewable Energy System
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Hands On with WaRP -- the Waterpower Research Portal
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Randy Herrin, Duke Energy
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET
    Asset Owners Share Plans for Hydro Investment
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM ET
    Semi-Solid Casting of Turbine Blades
  • 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET
    Building a Strong Workforce Pipeline to Support a Powerful Blue Economy
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
    Additive Technologies, including 3D Printing
  • 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM ET
    Special Session - New York Power Authority Shares Its Approach to Preserving Value of Hydro
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Southern Company Hydro Modernization Team
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
    Trends and Solutions in Fish Passage
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
    6 - Hydro Hot Topics: Sharing among Asset Operators exclusively for hydro project owners/operators
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET
    Persistent Change Monitoring and Intrusion Detection System (PCMIDS)
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET
    Computer Avatars in a Simulation Laboratory
  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET
    Integration of Marine Renewable Energy into Electric Power Grids and Value Proposition Development of Economics and Resilience
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    Head-Mounted Technology for O&M Workers
  • 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM ET
    Whooshh Innovations sponsored content: Exclusive Viewing of "Safe Passage"
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contracting and Procurement Team
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM ET
    8 - Innovations and New Technology for Improving Environmental Performance
  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM ET
    11 - Maintenance Practices: Make the Culture Shift from Preventative or Condition-Based Maintenance to Predictive-Based Maintenance
  • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM ET
    15 - Co-Location: Providing Water-powered Electricity beyond the Grid
  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET
    "CRISIS" Cybersecurity Board Game
  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET
    Marine Energy Environmental Toolkit for Permitting/Licensing
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Electric Transportation Technology and Infrastructure
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Future Leaders of Waterpower (FLOW) Meet & Greet with NHA Staff and Board of Directors
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Whooshh Innovations
  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM ET
    Asset Owners Share Plans for Hydro Investment
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Leaders Who Are Building New Hydro at Existing Dams
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
    12 - Improving Contracting and Quality Control Practices: Removing the Ambiguity
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
    13 - How Innovative Technology Is Being Used In the Field: Case Studies
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
    14 - What Are the 'Big Ah-Has' We Are Learning from Studies and How Are These Lessons Being Applied?
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET
    Prize-Winning Innovations: Top Technologies from Guardians of the Reservoir, I Am Hydro, Ground Breaking Hydro, and Rust Busters prize competitions
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: New York Power Authority Team
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Special Session - Research Showcase: DOE-Funded Project Progress
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Hands On with WaRP -- the Waterpower Research Portal
  • 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
    Homecoming Party at College Football Hall of Fame
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM ET
    Registration Open
  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM ET
    Women in Waterpower Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM ET
    Hydropower Collegiate Competition Workshop
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM ET
    Warm-Up Coffee Social
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET
    Day 2 Plenary - Leadership: Waterpower and Clean Energy, Infrastructure, and Jobs
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM ET
    Coffee Break in CC: Central
  • 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM ET
    Innovation Power House: Demonstration Stations
  • 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM ET
    Innovation Power House: Meet and Greets
  • 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM ET
    Marine Energy Learning Center -- View Poster Presentations and Hear from the Experts
  • 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM ET
    CC: Central Open
  • 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM ET
    NHA CEO Council Meeting (invite only)
  • 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
    Alaska Green Hydrogen Initiative (AG-HI)
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    LakeWorks application
  • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
    Meet and Greet: University Students Competing in Hydro Think Tank Unplugged
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM ET
    Recommended Resources for the Waterpower Professional
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    16 - Ensuring Worker Safety: Sharing Ideas and Lessons Learned
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    19 - Enhancing Flexibility of Hydro Assets: Putting Technology to Work
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    20 - EVs, Hydrogen, Floating Solar, Bitcoin, Batteries: The New Frontier for Waterpower Resources
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: ClearPath - An NGO Seeking Innovative Policy Solutions for Hydro
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
    Robotics and Self-Sustaining Machines
  • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET
    Networking Lunch
  • 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM ET
    Numerical and Experimental Evaluation of a Two-Dimensional Wave Tank
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Hands On with WaRP -- the Waterpower Research Portal
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Consumers Energy Company (CMS Energy) Team
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET
    Whooshh Innovations sponsored content: Exclusive Viewing of "Safe Passage"
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM ET
    17 - Electrical Engineering Experience Exchange: Sharing Trends, Hot Topics, Advances
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM ET
    18 - Dam Safety at Hydro Projects: Applying Lessons from Incidents and Failures
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM ET
    Inspection UAVs (Drones)
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Grant County Public Utility District Team
  • 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ET
    An Overview of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
    Computer Avatars in a Simulation Laboratory
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Whooshh Innovations
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM ET
    NuSTREEM sponsored content: Modern Innovations in a Classic Technology - What Can Modular and Intelligent Hydropower Equipment Do?
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET
    NanoBubbles
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    21 - Civil Engineering Experience Exchange: Sharing Trends, Hot Topics, Advances
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    23 - Pumped Storage Development: Moving the Needle - What Obstacles Remain? What Solutions Are Needed?
  • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET
    R&D of Innovative Hydrokinetic Turbine
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
    International Generator Technical Community (IGTC) demonstration
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Afternoon Coffee Break in CC: Central
  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET
    Double 3 Telepresence Robot
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Special Session - A New Chapter: Finding Common Ground to Expand Hydroelectricity, River Restoration, and Dam Safety
  • 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM ET
    Water Tank Test of Load and Responded Motion Characteristics of Embedded Sensing for Mooring Line of Floating Offshore Structures
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Liquid Piston Turbo Dredger
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Winner of the 2021 Kenneth Henwood Award
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
    22 - Focus on O&M Trades and Crafts: Training Programs and Knowledge Transfer
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
    24 - Data in the Transformation to Digital: Case Studies of How to Best Use Data
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
    28 - Regulatory- and Legislative-Related Updates and Hot Topics
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Chris Lee, President, Tidal Energy Corp.
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
    Pumped Storage Hydro (PSH) Valuation Tool
  • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET
    Capsule Pump Launcher
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Hydro Think Tank Unplugged Competition: Student Presentations and Announcement of the Julie Keil Scholarship Recipient
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Marine Energy Atlas
  • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET
    Meet and Greet: Victoria Healey, Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET)
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET
    26 - Hydro Hot Topics: Sharing among Asset Operators exclusively for hydro project owners/operators
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET
    30 - How Can the Uncommon Dialogue Drive Business Growth and Reinvestment for Asset Owners, Developers, and the Supply Chain?
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET
    Hydro Think Tank Unplugged Competition: Announcement of the Winners
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET
    Special Tour of Exhibits for Atlanta-Area Educators
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET
    PowerParty in CC: Central
  • Friday, October 22, 2021
  • 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration Open
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM ET
    Warm-Up Coffee Social
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET
    Day 3 Plenary: Investing in Waterpower
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM ET
    Coffee Break
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    01 - W1: Sustainable Leadership: Cultivating Grit and Resiliency in Your Team
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    02 - W2: Communicating about Waterpower
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    03 - W3: Learn from the 'Old Dogs'
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    04 - W4: Deploying and Implementing Innovative Technology: How to Remove Barriers and Overcome Challenges
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    05 - W5: Understanding Wholesale Electricity Markets; Amplifying Hydro's Value in these Markets
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    06 - W6: Ensuring Public Safety around Dams
  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
    07 - W7: Droughts, Heat Domes, Hurricanes: Managing Effects of Climate Change