Why the EU supports hydropower research and innovation
Hydropower is energy derived from falling or fast running water.
Hydro reservoirs provide built-in energy storage and the fast response time of hydropower allows it to meet sudden fluctuations in supply or demand of other renewable sources (for example solar and wind power).
This means that hydropower can have an increasingly important role in providing flexibility to the electricity system.
Challenges and opportunities
In a changing power system, continuous innovation is needed to keep sustainable hydropower efficient and cost-competitive, including retrofitting measures for existing plants to improve their efficiency and environmental performance.
Solutions to exploit energy production from small reservoirs or hydro plants that can generate power from small differences in the water level (not requiring massive dams to be built) are very promising.
What the EU is doing
The EU supports hydropower research by funding projects that demonstrate the potential of the technology and aim to reduce its environmental impact.
In particular, innovation will support the efficient retrofitting of existing plants and help improve the sustainability of hydropower.
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