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 and 2015
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.

Contributing Partners


Research Products

We will produce (1) a CHEERS Model representation of a generic pump generation (closed loop) power plant, (2) value surfaces for selected attributes of pump generation power plants, and, (3) a detailed technical report describing these products and discussing our results.

An integral part of this research is the dissemination of our research findings. We expect to present one or more professional staff seminars during the course of this research project, to draft a report describing our findings and to submit one or more articles to professional journals for publication.

Last Updated: June 29, 2015