Blue Marsh—A Modular Hydroelectric Project

by F. Joseph Feyder, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA,
James H. Mullin, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA,
Albert P. Popoli, Stone & Webster Engineering, Corp, Cherry Hill, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The Blue Marsh Hydroelectric Project will be the first complete application of concepts developed in several research studies of modular hydroelectric power plant components. The Department of Energy (DOE) in 1980-81 sponsored two studies of the feasibility of using pumps operated as turbines in small hydroelectric plants. These studies were followed by a more comprehensive one sponsored by EPRI in 1983. The EPRI study also recommended that a full-scale project be undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of back-fitting a low-cost modular/prefabricated hydroelectric facility to an existing dam site. This paper describes the experiences of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation (SWEC) in designing this demonstration project, with emphasis on those areas that would be applicable to similar projects. Several key design areas that might be encountered in other projects were identified and resolved in the application of this concept.

Subject Headings: Feasibility studies | Hydro power | Power plants | Pumping stations | Pumps | Construction management | Research and development | Benefit cost ratios | Pennsylvania | United States

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