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Value Attributes in Pump Generation Plants

Project ID: 9737
Principal Investigator: David Harpman
Research Topic: Improved Power Generation
Priority Area Assignments: 2014 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation), 2015 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation)
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: pump generation plants, design, siting, head, storage volume,

Research Question

We propose to identify the physical and site factors which determine the economic value of a pump generation power plant, and estimate the independent contributions each attribute makes to this value. Our research will help inform engineers, planners and decision-makers as they explore potential locations for siting pump generation plants.

Need and Benefit

This research will provide here-to-for unavailable evidence on the relative importance of selected attributes, including head, forebay storage volume, capacity and pump design, to the value of a pump generation plant. These attributes are common to all pump generation plants and this research will help inform site and design selection criteria.

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