Determining Hydro Project Dependable Capacity

by Richard L. Mittelstadt, Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


Traditional techniques for estimating a hydro project's dependable capacity are of limited value when evaluating a hydro project in a thermal-based power system. For such systems, a new approach has been developed, which approximates the way the load-carrying capability of a thermal plant is determined in a loss-of-load-probability analysis. This paper describes both the traditional procedures and the proposed new method, and shows how the latter has been applied to a typical project evaluation.

Subject Headings: Load bearing capacity | Thermal analysis | Hydro power | Electric power | Thermal loads | Thermal power | Probability | Load factors

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