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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Hydropower

Hydropower


Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology

Hydro Review, Nov. 2014, by Quin Fen (Katherine) Zhang, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-9/articles/method-for-assessing-and-selecting-new-small-hydro-technology.html

"With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

Hydro Review, Sept. 2014, by Vladimir Koritarov, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-7/articles/how-advanced-pumped-storage-technologies-contribute-to-the-system.html

"Flexible operating characteristics and versatility of services provided by pumped-storage hydropower technologies make them ideally suited to support large-scale integration of variable renewable resources and improve the reliability of power systems, a recent study concludes."

The full report from Argonne National Laboratory, Modeling and Analysis of Value of Advanced Pumped Storage Hydropower in the United States, is available at http://www.dis.anl.gov/projects/psh/ANL-DIS-14-7_Advanced_PSH_Final_Report.pdf
 

Legislation May Usher in a New Golden Age for U.S. Hydropower

Hydro Review, July 2014, by Luke Rose and Rebecca K. Blood.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-6/articles/legislation-may-usher-in-a-new-golden-age-for-u-s-hydropower.html

"With its revival for fiscal year 2014, the Hydroelectric Production Incentives Program shows promise as a new federal revenue stream for hydro facilities."

Identifying a Guide Bearing Rub Using Vibration Analysis

Hydro Review, May 2014, by Bernard F. Boueri.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-4/cover-story/identifying-a-guide-bearing-rub-using-vibration-analysis.html

"When commissioning a hydro unit, proper use of vibration monitoring can help identify problems such as a rub on the guide bearings. Catching issues early can allow the problem to be fixed quickly, preventing units from operating inefficiently and limiting unplanned outages."

Northern Exposure: Canadian Hydro in the Spotlight

Hydro Review, Dec. 2013, by Michael Harris.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-32/issue-10/cover-story/northern-exposure-canadian-hydro-in-the-spotlight.html

"Hydroelectric power has been a staple in Canada's energy mix for more than a century, but its role is evolving. Find out how politics, social responsibility and foreign markets are shaping the industry's future."

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