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Title: Standard Modular Hydropower: Case Study on Modular Facility Design

Abstract

Hydropower is a reliable, cost-effective, and widely deployed method of harnessing the power of river systems for human benefit.The undeveloped technical hydropower resource in the United States consists overwhelmingly of sites with small hydropower potential of less than 10 MW of installed capacity. Most existing hydropower projects and the bulk of proposed projects in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission development pipeline are also small hydropower projects. However, the rate of development of new small hydropower projects is at a historical low because of the risks, costs, and uncertainty associated with project development. An acute challenge is the identification and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts, such as alterations to streamflow and water quality and the introduction of barriers that threaten geomorphologic processes and the resiliency of ecological communities. Success in new small hydropower development demands that low-cost, innovative approaches be developed to decrease the adverse environmental impacts of construction and operation.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1484123
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-2018/915
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Witt, Adam M., Deneale, Scott, Papanicolaou, Thanos Athanasios N., Abban, Benjamin, and Bishop, Norm. Standard Modular Hydropower: Case Study on Modular Facility Design. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1484123.
Witt, Adam M., Deneale, Scott, Papanicolaou, Thanos Athanasios N., Abban, Benjamin, & Bishop, Norm. Standard Modular Hydropower: Case Study on Modular Facility Design. United States. doi:10.2172/1484123.
Witt, Adam M., Deneale, Scott, Papanicolaou, Thanos Athanasios N., Abban, Benjamin, and Bishop, Norm. Thu . "Standard Modular Hydropower: Case Study on Modular Facility Design". United States. doi:10.2172/1484123. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1484123.
@article{osti_1484123,
title = {Standard Modular Hydropower: Case Study on Modular Facility Design},
author = {Witt, Adam M. and Deneale, Scott and Papanicolaou, Thanos Athanasios N. and Abban, Benjamin and Bishop, Norm},
abstractNote = {Hydropower is a reliable, cost-effective, and widely deployed method of harnessing the power of river systems for human benefit.The undeveloped technical hydropower resource in the United States consists overwhelmingly of sites with small hydropower potential of less than 10 MW of installed capacity. Most existing hydropower projects and the bulk of proposed projects in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission development pipeline are also small hydropower projects. However, the rate of development of new small hydropower projects is at a historical low because of the risks, costs, and uncertainty associated with project development. An acute challenge is the identification and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts, such as alterations to streamflow and water quality and the introduction of barriers that threaten geomorphologic processes and the resiliency of ecological communities. Success in new small hydropower development demands that low-cost, innovative approaches be developed to decrease the adverse environmental impacts of construction and operation.},
doi = {10.2172/1484123},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

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