Hydro 'In the Field' Technical Tours

Every year, several technical tours of hydroelectric facilities are offered as part of HydroVision International. This year, attendees can sign up for two exciting tours of local plants. Space is limited, so register quickly! Choose a link below to view more information on a tour.

Tillery Hydro Station and Narrows Dam Tour

Monday, June 25, 2018    |    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Fee: US$150
Limited to the first 55 attendees

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The 84-MW Tillery facility is part of the Yadkin-Pee Dee Hydro Project on the Yadkin-Pee Dee River in central North Carolina. The new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission operating license for this project was issued in April 2015, and Duke Energy Progress is implementing a variety of protection, mitigiation and enhancement measures. Tillery was placed in service in 1928 and the powerhouse contains four vertical shaft turbine-generator units. Tillery's primary purpose is to provide peaking and load-following generation for Duke Energy.

The 108.8-MW Narrows hydro plant on the Yadkin River was built by Alcoa to power its aluminum smelters. The facility began commercial operations in 1917. Narrows Dam consists of a main dam section and a bypass spillway section. Four steel penstocks convey water from the intake section to the powerhouse, which contains four 27.2-MW vertical Francis turbine-generator units. The dam impounds Narrows Reservoir or Badin Lake, which has a normal full pool area of 6,355 acres. Cube Hydro officially acquired this facility in February 2017



Cowans Ford Hydro Station

Tuesday, June 26, 2017    |    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: US$75
Limited to the first 55 attendees

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The 350-MW Cowans Ford hydro station in Huntersville, N.C., is the largest conventional hydro plant Duke Energy owns. Cowans Ford Dam created Lake Norman, the largest man-made body of fresh water in North Carolina. The facility began commercial operation in 1963, and the powerhouse contains four turbine-generator units, one of which was added in 1967. Cowans Ford is part of the 740-MW Catawba-Wateree hydropower project, which includes 13 powerhouses and 11 reservoirs in North Carolina and South Carolina. The project received a new 40-year operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2015.





What a great conference! Excellent technical visit to the small hydro plants. Many interesting technical papers and a great opportunity to meet up with my former colleagues and to make many new contacts.

Frank Parker