Case Study of Existing Site's Optimum Capacityby P. F. Shiers, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
R. C. Weber, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
J. L. McCluskey, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Boston, MA, USA,
Abstract: A study was performed to determine the optimum additional hydroelectric capacity for installation at an underdeveloped run-of-river hydro site. The added capacity will operate in conjunction with an existing 750 KW hydro unit located one mile downstream of an existing diversion dam. The electricity from this existing hydro unit provides 7 percent of the manufacturing plant's electrical energy requirements. The recommendation was made to install the new capacity at the dam due to environmental and economic considerations. A 20-year life cycle economic analysis was performed to determine the rate of return for various installed capacities at the dam. An added study was performed to determine the feasibility of installing a 210 KW mini turbine on a minimum flow release line. The final project configuration is a 1,450 KW main turbine with full provisions for a 210 KW mini turbine as a future installation.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Turbines | Dams | Electric power | Case studies | Feasibility studies | Rivers and streams | Economic factors
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