TVA's Pumped Storage Plant

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 6, Pg. 84-87

Document Type: Feature article

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TVA's Raccoon Mountain Plant is one of the U.S.'s largest with generating capacity of 1530 MW for 20 hours. The project, nominated for a 1980 OCEA, consists of dam and upper reservoir (head of 1040 ft), underground waterways and power plant chamber, switching and transmission facilities and lower reservoir in the Tennessee River. Outstanding features: 8500-ft long earth and rockfill dam, unique intake/discharge structures, large underground openings and high capacity reversible generator/motors.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Energy storage | Waste storage | Power plants | Underground structures | Earthfill dams | Water intakes | Reservoirs | Waterways | Head (fluid mechanics) | North America | Tennessee | United States

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