Actual Vs. Expected Performance of Small Hydro Projects

by Carol H. Cunningham, Morrison-Knudsen Engineers, Portland, ME, USA,
Gregg E. Carrington, Morrison-Knudsen Engineers, Portland, ME, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


This paper presents the results of several case studies of small hydro projects that compare the expected performance with the actual performance as measured in terms of energy generation. To the extent possible, an analysis is made of the various components of the energy generation: headwater and tailwater curves, headloss calculations, equipment efficiency data, streamflow data, etc. Finally, this paper describes a method of recording performance so that the historical data can be used to identify operational aspects of the project that could be changed to increase energy generation.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic data | Hydro power | Electric power | Case studies | Comparative studies | Construction management | Energy measurement | Quality control

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