DURAPLOT: A Flexible Approach to Hydropower Site Optimization

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by Nathan Anderson, US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR, USA,
Michael J. Egge, US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87:

Abstract: The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Pacific Division Office has over the past six years performed reconnaissance and feasibility level hydropower studies at a variety of sites throughout the United States. A number of the studies have been performed with the assistance of the Power-Duration Plot Program (DURAPLOT), a power-duration analysis model that was developed by the Corps for use in planning level hydropower studies where an at-site power analysis is applicable. Corps studies employing the model have included those dealing with non-storage run-of-river projects and those dealing with storage projects that have regulated releases. For studies such as these, the DURAPLOT Program has been designed to serve as a tool to assist the planner in estimating a project's power generation potential and establishing the optimum plant size. This paper consists of two sections. The first section presents a description of the DURAPLOT Program. The second section describes a case study that makes use of the program. The case study concerns the Richford Dam Project, a small hydropower project located on the Missiquoi River in the town of Richford, Vermont.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Model analysis | Electric power | Case studies | Feasibility studies | Hydrologic models | Federal government | North America | United States | Vermont

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