US Department of Energy grants 1,3 million USD funding for Fishheart Ltd. product development
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than 6,3 million USD in funding for a total of six fish transportation and conservation technology projects. Funding was granted for projects that reduce the environmental impact of hydropower on fish and the aquatic ecosystem.
The selected projects support the growing role of hydropower as an adjustment reserve for other forms of green energy. Fishheart Ltd., together with independent, non-profit energy research and development institute EPRI was awarded the largest funding of 1 300 000 dollars.
EPRI is responsible for managing and running the project. The purpose of the project is to test and develop the Fishheart hydraulic fishway to work effectively with the fish species of the East Coast, the main species being American shad and herring. The tests will be conducted downstream of Santee Cooper's Santee hydroelectric plant in Pineville, South Carolina.
– I am very pleased and satisfied with this funding of over a million dollars granted by the DOE for our joint project with EPRI. We were chosen from a large group of applicants. This is a great continuation of the fish tests carried out this spring at the Alden Research Laboratory facilities, says Mika Sohlberg, Sales Director at Fishheart Ltd.
– Providing fish passage facilities at hydropower dams is a top priority for federal and state agencies due to declining stocks and ongoing research efforts. We look forward to working with Fishheart Ltd. and other stakeholders on this important project, finding fish passage solutions, states EPRI Technical Executive Paul Jacobson.
See video of a group of herring entering the Fishheart unit:
See video of a group of herring inside the Fishheart unit: