Designing a Modern Small-Scale Hydroelectric Plant

by Douglas E. Keats, STS Consultants Ltd, Northbrook, IL, USA,
Robert L. Turner, STS Consultants Ltd, Northbrook, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


STS Consultants, Ltd. (STS) and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) successfully teamed on four hydropower sites in Michigan during the 1980's. Three of the four sites were merely retrofits to a certain era or period back in the early 1980's. The fourth site presented an unusual opportunity to build a brand new powerhouse facility on the Kalamazoo River near Kalamazoo, Michigan. STS had purchased an 1800-acre area along the Kalamazoo River called Morrow Lake. The existing facility was a earthen dam with concrete core wall and a spillway area with four tainter gates. The engineering was straight-forward.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Rivers and streams | Concrete dams | Consulting services | Head (fluid mechanics) | Rehabilitation | Lakes | Michigan | United States

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