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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Hydropower

Hydropower


Real-world Research at Wanapum Dam

Hydro Review, May 2016, by Yannick Baril, Maxim Bergeron, Jose Figueroa, and Jeff Niehenke.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-4/articles/real-world-research-at-wanapum-dam.html

"Repair work at Grant County Public Utility District's Wanapum Dam in Washington offered an uncommon chance to perform studies on operating machinery."

Weighing Costs and Benefits in Hydropower Maintenance and Upgrade Decisions

Power Magazine, Apr. 2016, by Aaron Larson.
http://www.powermag.com/weighing-costs-benefits-hydropower-maintenance-upgrade-decisions/

"Choosing whether to maintain or upgrade hydropower plant components can be difficult. Poor original equipment reliability can force changes, but often a detailed cost-benefit analysis is needed to make decisions. Understanding how others have tackled the process can help ensure success at your plant."

Update on DOE’s Wave Energy Prize

Hydro Review, Apr. 2016, by Alison LaBonte. http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-3/articles/update-on-doe-s-wave-energy-prize.html "A new initiative, called the Wave Energy Prize, was announced in 2015 during the keynote address at the annual National Hydropower Association conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference, and Marine Energy Technology Symposium. This announcement represented a milestone for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office - the commencement of its first public prize challenge, with a total prize purse of US$2.25 million, stemmed from realizing that a technology leap in the efficiency of wave energy converter (WEC) devices was needed to jolt wave energy onto a pathway toward sweeping cost reductions. This pathway could ultimately make wave energy, which is still in the early stages of technology development, competitive with more traditional forms of energy, paving the way to large-scale implementation within ... Read the rest of entry »

Outlook for Hydropower in the U.S.

Hydro Review, Jan. 2016, by Michael Harris.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-35/issue-1/articles/outlook-for-hydropower-in-the-u-s.html

"Though other forms of renewable energy have arguably emerged as more visible in the public eye, hydroelectric power remains as key a component in the United States’ energy mix as ever before. However, federal legislation enacted in recent years has helped spark a renaissance in the U.S. hydro sector, and even with elections looming later this year, more significant policy could still be coming."

Developing 2,400+ MW of Hydro in North America

Hydro Review, Nov. 2015, by Elizabeth Ingram.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-9/articles/developing-2-400-mw-of-hydro-in-north-america.html

"This article provides details about development work ongoing (or completed in 2015) at 10 hydro projects in the U.S. and Canada. This is just a representative sample and not intended to be comprehensive. Read on to learn who is developing these projects, where they are located, what it cost to develop them, how they got financing and much more."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.
http://www.powermag.com/outside-the-box-renewable-energy-microturbines/

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

Equipment Failure Survey Quantifies Outage Impacts [Hydropower]

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Leanne Greisen, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/equipment-failure-survey-quantifies-outage-impacts.html

Peer reviewed article:
"The cost and schedule impacts of delaying investment in hydropower equipment to the point of failure can be severe. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey, costs can be 10 times higher than making the investment in advance of the failure."

Quantifying [Hydropower] Development Potential in the Pacific Northwest

Hydro Review, July 2015, by Jan Lee.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-6/articles/quantifying-development-potential-in-the-pacific-northwest.html

"According to a recently completed scoping study, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. holds significant hydro development potential."

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting), Jan. 20, 2015, by Cassandra Profita.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-now-generating-hydropower-in-its-water-pipes/

"A Portland start-up has tapped the city’s water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn’t disrupt fish migration or stream flows."

Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology

Hydro Review, Nov. 2014, by Quin Fen (Katherine) Zhang, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-9/articles/method-for-assessing-and-selecting-new-small-hydro-technology.html

"With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites."
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