“First, do no harm” is a phrase associated with health care professionals, but it also applies to sustainability practices. Clean energy deployment is as much about reducing harm (pollution) as it is about reducing costs, and when it comes to hydropower—which provides nearly one-third of renewable electricity generation in the United States and is growing—a key area of concern is the safety of ecosystems and species, especially fish.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures leads the round with funds to support accelerated growth.
In the October issue of Powerhouse, Gia Schneider explains how recent data underscore hydropower's reliability, and how beavers can guide us in the low-carbon energy transition.
A recent study published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society shows 100% safe passage of the endangered American Eel through Natel's Restoration Hydro Turbine.