Project Evaluation—Don't Miss the Boatby Mark J. Sundquist, STS Hydropower Ltd., United States,
Abstract: The hydroelectric developer is faced with many decisions during the evaluation stage. These include determining the size of the project, financial analysis to be used, type and number of turbine/generator units to be used, power production analysis, cost estimating, to name a few. In many instances, the improper analysis or selection of equipment can turn an otherwise good site into one that is non-feasible. In this paper, several case studies are discussed which show how the initial and proper selection of equipment or project arrangement almost killed to project. The paper emphasizes ways in which to evaluate the various options available for a potential site, and how to remain 'open minded' in looking at the overall site development.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Site investigation | Power plants | Case studies | Turbines | Construction costs
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