Evaluation of Hydro-Kinetic Impacts to Existing Water Delivery and Power Infrastructure
Project ID: 7317
Principal Investigator: Josh Mortensen
Research Topic: Water Operation Models and Decision Support Systems
Priority Area Assignments: 2014 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation), 2015 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation), 2016 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation)
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014 and 2015
Keywords: canal, hydrokinetic power generation, hydropower, impacts, infrastructure, water delivery system
What are the impacts of hydrokinetic power generation on existing Reclamation water delivery systems and hydropower plants?
Need and Benefit
As hydrokinetic technologies continue to develop, there is an increased interest from private developers and other entities to demonstrate and even permanently install their technologies in Reclamation canals and other facilities. This is especially true in a political climate that promotes new renewable energy sources. It is vital that Reclamation understands the impacts these developments will have on its infrastructure. Understanding these impacts will allow Reclamation to protect its ability to effectively deliver water, efficiently produce power, and potentially use this new technology effectively in conjunction with routine operations.
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Bureau of Reclamation Review
The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.
Evaluation of Hydro-Kinetic Impacts to Existing Water Delivery and Power Infrastructure (final, PDF, 865KB)
By Josh Mortensen
Publication completed on September 30, 2016