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Title: Final Report of the PROPEL Hydro System

Abstract

This paper summarizes research, development and outcome of a modular system for powering non-powered dams. There are approximately 77,000 non-powered dams in the US, a non-trivial fraction of which could be used to generate power. Development in this area has been slow because building projects costs too much and takes too long. The PROPEL-Hydro system combines modular components for the intake and foundation, an ai driven project design and evaluation tool, and a turbine optimized for performance on small and low head sites. Work included a combination of site evaluation, refinement of power electronics, value analysis supported by computational fluid mechanics and software development to support a project evaluation tool. The result is a reduction in installed cost/kW and resulting LCOE.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Rickly Hydrological
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (EE-4WP)
OSTI Identifier:
1562498
Report Number(s):
DOE-RICKHYD-0008012
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0008012
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; kaplan, low head hydro, non-powered dams, renewable energy, grid stability

Citation Formats

Cook, Ryan Antony. Final Report of the PROPEL Hydro System. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1562498.
Cook, Ryan Antony. Final Report of the PROPEL Hydro System. United States. doi:10.2172/1562498.
Cook, Ryan Antony. Wed . "Final Report of the PROPEL Hydro System". United States. doi:10.2172/1562498. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1562498.
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abstractNote = {This paper summarizes research, development and outcome of a modular system for powering non-powered dams. There are approximately 77,000 non-powered dams in the US, a non-trivial fraction of which could be used to generate power. Development in this area has been slow because building projects costs too much and takes too long. The PROPEL-Hydro system combines modular components for the intake and foundation, an ai driven project design and evaluation tool, and a turbine optimized for performance on small and low head sites. Work included a combination of site evaluation, refinement of power electronics, value analysis supported by computational fluid mechanics and software development to support a project evaluation tool. The result is a reduction in installed cost/kW and resulting LCOE.},
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