There will be twists...there will be turns...welcome to the Hydro Think Tank™
OCTOBER 20-22, 2021
HyDro Think Tank at clean currents
The Hydro Think Tank brings together bright new workforce entrants to solve real world problems with a partner utility. The three day long research and educational forum addresses the needs of the hydropower industry by introducing a specific hydropower issue to have student solve.
Students will gain introductions to industry leaders, and learn about the hydropower industry through an insider's lens by participating in the Clean Currents Conference.
This program is designed to help develop a sense of a day in the hydropower industry by working within a team environment while trying to solve a real-world problem. Developed to mirror Shark Tank, student teams from regional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) will be participating in a problem-solving forum to develop and propose a solution to a plant problem.
Clean Currents 2021 is the all-new, official waterpower tradeshow + conference of the National Hydropower Association. Clean Currents will showcase innovative solutions, thought leadership, and exclusive educational opportunities. Clean Currents is located at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.
Southeast university students with experience or coursework related to power generation, engineering, finance, and/or energy management bring their talent, ingenuity and cutting edge-technology, to see if they have what it takes to win the Hydro Think Tank. University Teams will be brought in for a few days of intense hands on problem solving to give their best solutions to pressing hydropower issues. The week is filled with exploration, training, team work, meeting top researchers in the industry and senior level management for career development to compete for a cash prize provided by the Hydropower Foundation.
Educate University Students about the benefits and value of hydropower through real work-life experience and provide students with the opportunity to network with potential future employers.
The Hydropower Foundation has received amazing feedback from students, most of whom indicated a “new” interest in pursuing a career in the hydropower industry, innovative solutions to a real-world challenge, solid relationships with utility leaders, and career and internship opportunities they wouldn't have gained otherwise.
A winning team will walk away with an amazing opportunity! Each participant will receive an incredible resume booster, have the potential for an internship with one of the organizations, and the opportunity to compete for a cash prize and a hands-on experience like no other. Students will also be provided with a complimentary registration from NHA to attend the Clean Currents Conference where they will have the opportunity to attend educational sessions and network with hydropower industry professionals "in-person!"
We couldn't do it without our partners!
For more than a century, we’ve been providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to the customers and communities we’re privileged to serve. Through industry-leading innovation and a commitment to a net-zero future, we’re delivering sustainable and resilient energy solutions that drive growth and prosperity.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office enables research, development, and testing of emerging technologies to advance marine energy as well as next generation hydropower and pumped storage systems for a flexible, reliable grid.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is transforming energy through research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
The National Hydropower Association (NHA) is a nonprofit national association dedicated exclusively to preserving and expanding clean, renewable, affordable hydropower and marine energy.
We harness the earth’s most abundant resources – the strength of the wind, the heat of the sun and the force of water – to power the world’s biggest economies and the most remote communities.