Hydropower Simulation: An Overview

by Henry H. Chen, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,
Lee L. Wang, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


Numerous models have been developed for production costing and generation system expansion which include operation of hydropower in the system. These models rely on energy production and generating capability inputs derived from river system simulation with hydropower. Most of these models employ simulation techniques which account for uncertainties of power demand and thermal plant availability. They tend to operate hydro in a deterministic manner. Many of the models do not recognize the peaking and load following capabilities of hydro. The authors believe care should be exercised in using the models for hydropower planning as the models could underestimate hydro power benefits.

Subject Headings: Thermal analysis | Hydro power | Power plants | Thermal power | Mathematical models | Simulation models | Hydrologic models | Economic factors

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