Estimation of Small-Scale Hydropower Potential

by Duane A. Poppe, Grad. Student; School of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Calif.,
William W-G. Yeh, (M.ASCE), Prof.; School of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Calif.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 145-151


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: A statistical method of determining installed capacity and energy yield of potential small-scale hydropower sites is explored. Thirty watersheds with existing reservoirs were selected for this study from several hydrologic regions. A hydropower estimation model is developed. It is shown that by relating hydropower potential to watershed characteristics other than streamflow, estimates can be made with reasonable accuracy using a stepwise multiple regression model. Potential applications of the model are identified.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Hydrologic models | Watersheds | Model accuracy | Statistics | Energy methods | Reservoirs | Streamflow

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