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Title: Assessment of the feasibility of recommissioning the French Landing Hydroelectric Facility in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Final report

Abstract

The results of a study of the feasibility of recommissioning a small, low-head hydroelectric facility in southeastern Michigan are presented. The study concludes that there are several cost-effective designs for recommissioning the site, based on the use of vertical turbines and the sale of power to nearby industrial markets. In terms of the bulk sale of power to the local electric utility, no cost-effective alternatives were found to exist. A major burden on project cost-effectiveness was found to be the relatively large costs for structural repairs to the dam and powerhouse needed to insure safe operation and on adequate service life. From an engineering standpoint it was found that the items of equipment needed to recommission the site are readily available from both US and foreign manufacturers. A variety of hydraulic turbine designs could be successfully adapted to the existing powerhouse, without extensive new construction. It was determined that the production capacity of the facility had an important influence on the cost-effectiveness of the project. A detailed benefit/cost analysis was conducted to identify the optimum facility size in terms of incremental costs and revenues. A detailed environmental assessment using an impact matrix methodology concluded that the development of the facilitymore » for hydroelectric generation would have important positive environmental consequences related to improved impoundment and flow management techniques as well as enhanced public safety due to structural repairs to the dam. The institutional and regulatory implications of developing the site for hydroelectric generation were found to be significant but manageable.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ayres, Lewis, Norris and May, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5766707
Report Number(s):
DOE/ID/01772-1
DOE Contract Number:  
EW-78-F-07-1772
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; LOW-HEAD HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; ECONOMICS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; MICHIGAN; HYDROELECTRIC POWER; DAMS; LEGAL ASPECTS; POWER GENERATION; RETROFITTING; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY SOURCES; GREAT LAKES REGION; HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; NORTH AMERICA; POWER; POWER PLANTS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; USA; 130100* - Hydro Energy- Resources & Availability

Citation Formats

Not Available. Assessment of the feasibility of recommissioning the French Landing Hydroelectric Facility in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Final report. United States: N. p., 1979. Web. doi:10.2172/5766707.
Not Available. Assessment of the feasibility of recommissioning the French Landing Hydroelectric Facility in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Final report. United States. doi:10.2172/5766707.
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@article{osti_5766707,
title = {Assessment of the feasibility of recommissioning the French Landing Hydroelectric Facility in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Final report},
author = {Not Available},
abstractNote = {The results of a study of the feasibility of recommissioning a small, low-head hydroelectric facility in southeastern Michigan are presented. The study concludes that there are several cost-effective designs for recommissioning the site, based on the use of vertical turbines and the sale of power to nearby industrial markets. In terms of the bulk sale of power to the local electric utility, no cost-effective alternatives were found to exist. A major burden on project cost-effectiveness was found to be the relatively large costs for structural repairs to the dam and powerhouse needed to insure safe operation and on adequate service life. From an engineering standpoint it was found that the items of equipment needed to recommission the site are readily available from both US and foreign manufacturers. A variety of hydraulic turbine designs could be successfully adapted to the existing powerhouse, without extensive new construction. It was determined that the production capacity of the facility had an important influence on the cost-effectiveness of the project. A detailed benefit/cost analysis was conducted to identify the optimum facility size in terms of incremental costs and revenues. A detailed environmental assessment using an impact matrix methodology concluded that the development of the facility for hydroelectric generation would have important positive environmental consequences related to improved impoundment and flow management techniques as well as enhanced public safety due to structural repairs to the dam. The institutional and regulatory implications of developing the site for hydroelectric generation were found to be significant but manageable.},
doi = {10.2172/5766707},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
month = {2}
}