Economics of Hydrothermal Power Development

by Nazeer Ahmed, Univ of Louisville, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Louisville, KY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


The overall performance of a hydrothermal power plant with pumped storage is more cost effective than its competitive counterparts such as oil and gas turbine-generators. The operation and maintenance of such plants is very much trouble free and excess power can be brought on line with little or no waste of time to meet the needs efficiently of the load fluctuations. The benefits multiply tremendously when hydrothermal power development is viewed as a multipurpose project enterprise also including flood control, navigation, irrigation, water supply, boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Economic factors | Hydro power | Water-based recreation | Pumping stations | Thermal power | Turbines | Load factors

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