Innovative Powerhouse Designs

by Glenn R. Meloy, Hydroelectric Design Center, Dept. of the Army, North Pacific Div., Corps of Engrs., P.O. Box 2870, Portland, Ore. 97208-2870,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-505-1 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-505-2 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 48

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Detroit, Michigan, United States | October 23, 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Since 1978, interest in small scale hydroelectric projects in the U.S. has jumped to a new high. Both new sites and modification of existing dams have received scrutiny by both private interests and Governmental agencies. New hydro sites and retrofit projects both face interesting challenges in meeting construction problems, environmental impacts, and flood protection problems. The three papers presented in this publication describe innovative solutions to the problems facing modern hydroelectric project designs. Two of the papers outline schemes to add power facilities to existing dams by using barge mounted hydro units. The first focuses on a hydroelectric barge that is floated in and out of a spillway opening on a seasonal basis. The next paper outlines a method using an intake barge, siphon penstock, and turbine-generator barge at an existing low-head dam. The final paper describes a powerhouse located at a new re-regulating dam that is combined with the spillway monoliths.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Barges | Weirs | Innovation | Power plants | Construction sites | Spillways | Water intakes


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