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Title: Watering Down Barriers to Using Hydropower through Fisheries Research

Abstract

Much of our work on clean energy is targeted at improving performance of hydropower, the largest source of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. PNNL experts in hydropower—from computer scientists to biologists and engineers—are helping to optimize the efficiency and environmental performance of hydroelectric plants. The Columbia River is the nation’s most important hydropower resource, producing 40 percent of the nation’s hydroelectric generation and up to 70 percent of the region’s power. At PNNL, Fisheries Biologist Ken Ham and others are working with stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the Army Corps of Engineers and DOE to ensure that this resource continues to provide its many benefits while setting a new standard for environmental sustainability. As aging turbines are replaced in existing hydropower dams, computational modeling and state-of-the-art fisheries research combine to aid the design of a next-generation hydro turbine that meets or exceeds current biological performance standards and produces more power.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USACE
OSTI Identifier:
1365087
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; PNNL; HYDROPOWER; TURBINE; GRID SERVICES; FISH; SALMON; CARBON EMISSIONS; COLUMBIA RIVER

Citation Formats

Ham, Ken. Watering Down Barriers to Using Hydropower through Fisheries Research. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Ham, Ken. Watering Down Barriers to Using Hydropower through Fisheries Research. United States.
Ham, Ken. Mon . "Watering Down Barriers to Using Hydropower through Fisheries Research". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1365087.
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title = {Watering Down Barriers to Using Hydropower through Fisheries Research},
author = {Ham, Ken},
abstractNote = {Much of our work on clean energy is targeted at improving performance of hydropower, the largest source of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. PNNL experts in hydropower—from computer scientists to biologists and engineers—are helping to optimize the efficiency and environmental performance of hydroelectric plants. The Columbia River is the nation’s most important hydropower resource, producing 40 percent of the nation’s hydroelectric generation and up to 70 percent of the region’s power. At PNNL, Fisheries Biologist Ken Ham and others are working with stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the Army Corps of Engineers and DOE to ensure that this resource continues to provide its many benefits while setting a new standard for environmental sustainability. As aging turbines are replaced in existing hydropower dams, computational modeling and state-of-the-art fisheries research combine to aid the design of a next-generation hydro turbine that meets or exceeds current biological performance standards and produces more power.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {5}
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