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Energy Recovery Hydropower Workshop

Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration: US$125


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Water System Operators
  • Individuals interested in learning more about energy recovery hydropower, a technology that captures mechanical energy available in existing water supply infrastructure (such as existing canals and pipelines)


By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the market trends and size of the energy recovery hydropower market
  • Get an update on current and pending federal and state policies relevant to this market
  • Review, in depth, available technologies for energy recovery in canals and pipelines

Event Overview
This workshop will focus on the nascent energy recovery hydropower industry, with a particular focus on new technologies becoming available, which can help water system operators to profitably capture energy which is currently being wasted within existing water system infrastructure.




FERC Relicensing – What to Do When the Dollars Don’t Add Up? Surrender or Creatively Relicense

Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration: US$200

Pre-Registration is Required
Register by June 20, 2017


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hydro Project Owners
  • Hydro Project Operators
  • Regulatory/Licensing Staff with projects coming up for new licensing in the next ten years.


By attending, you’ll learn about:

  • Options that may be available outside of FERC’s traditional and integrated licensing processes
  • How the surrender process works and what to expect from that process
  • Case studies of projects that have already gone through these processes as well as the experiences of fellow seminar attendees

Event Overview
In the next ten years, there are a large number of small hydroelectric projects, with marginal economics, coming up for relicensing. Owners will be faced with the challenge of how to approach relicensing in the most cost effective manner possible.
Options explored in this workshop will include alternatives to FERC’s Traditional and Integrated Licensing Processes as well as the applicability of Surrender and Non-Power License Applications.




Hydro Cavitation Repair

Tuesday June 27, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Registration: Free

Pre-Registration is Required
Register by June 21, 2017


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hydro Plant Managers
  • Plant Engineers
  • Plant Maintenance Supervisors
  • Journeymen



*Attendance limited to first 50 registrants


By attending, you’ll learn:

  • The proper application of cavitation repair
  • To determine when to repair cavitation
  • To estimate the cost and duration of cavitation repairs

Event Overview
Through informal presentation and Q&A, Southern Company provides information on how to determine when to repair a turbine runner and how to estimate costs associated with repair, including materials and manpower. Takeaway materials will be provided.




Hydrogenerator Stator Winding Maintenance Course


Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration: US$200

*Attendance limited to first 40 registrants


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Engineering and maintenance personnel who purchase, test, maintain, and/or repair high-voltage rotating machines
  • Consultants
  • Manufacturers
  • Repair Shop Personnel



By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn about stator winding design and failure mechanisms
  • Understand stator winding repair options
  • Gain a better understanding of condition based (predictive) maintenance

Event Overview
The course -- presented by Dr. Greg Stone -- provides plant and engineering personnel with the important design features of hydrogenerator stator windings that can affect maintenance and winding life.

Course content includes:
✓ Electrical, mechanical and thermal design of the windings is reviewed
✓ Main failure mechanisms of the windings are described/outlined (inadequate design/manufacturing, loose windings, thermal aging, load cycling, partial discharges and contamination)
✓ Since most windings need maintenance or replacement due to insulation problems, the importance of the insulation in determining maintenance and life is stressed
✓ Off-line tests such as insulation resistance, polarization index, partial discharge and hipot are discussed
✓ Proven online monitors -- thermal, partial discharge and magnetic flux – are presented
✓ Emphasis for each test and monitor will be on applicability to specific windings and practical interpretation
✓ Basic methods to repair the common stator winding problems are presented




Hydro Research Roundtable - Student Findings and Updates


Tuesday June 27, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration: Free


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Hiring Managers
  • Hydro Project Operators
  • Executives
  • Researchers



By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain access to cutting-edge research
  • Hear updates on what universities are researching
  • Spend time with top new talent in the hydropower industry

Event Overview
During this research roundtable, graduate students share their recent findings through their cutting-edge research for hydropower and provide previews of upcoming research being funded by the Foundation.




National Hydropower Association (NHA) Town Hall


Tuesday June 27, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Registration: Free

Afternoon refreshments will be served


This Event Is Designed for:

NHA members and representative of any industry company or organization interested in learning more about NHA.  You don’t have to be a member of NHA … the town hall is open to all HydroVision International attendees.



By attending, you’ll:

  • Network with NHA leadership, staff, and fellow industry members at this fast-paced, fun and interactive session
  • Hear an overview of NHA’s agenda and initiatives
  • Get your questions answered and comments heard





Setting Your Hydro Project Up for EHS Success


Monday June 26, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Registration: FREE


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) personnel
  • Project Managers
  • Project Directors
  • Outage Coordinators
  • Tender Managers
  • Plant Staff



By attending, you’ll:

  • Learn ways to reduce the risk of injuries and environmental impacts at a project
  • Gain insight about how to partner with subcontractors and clients to maintain mutual EHS, compliance and environmental project goals and objectives
  • Find out ways to streamline project compliance

Event Overview:
With the aging hydro fleet, more and more retrofits are being planned. Consequently, the need for increased safety and compliance is becoming more and more critical to the success of all involved … project owner, contractor, and subcontractors.

This training, provided by GE Renewable Energy, will provide EHS best practices for use throughout the life cycle of a retrofit project, including in the critical phases of:

  • Tendering
  • Post Contract Award
  • Mobilization
  • Execution
  • Lessons Learned




Vibration and Airgap Monitoring of Hydrogenerators


Monday June 26, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration: US$100

*Attendance limited to first 40 registrants


This Event Is Designed for:

  • Engineering and maintenance personnel responsible for the purchase
  • Installation and maintenance of hydrogenerators



By attending, you’ll:

  • Gain a better understanding of interaction between hydrogenerator design, operating condition and vibration/airgap
  • Hear case studies of airgap and vibration problems

Event Overview:
This course covers the concept and approach to modern machine condition monitoring systems that combine various types of monitoring, such as:

  • Vibration monitoring (relative shaft and absolute bearing vibrations, axial displacements / vibrations)
  • Air gap and magnetic flux monitoring (impact of rotor and stator design, static and dynamic geometry of rotor and stator, rotor and stator shapes and dynamics)
  • Monitoring of electrical quantities (load temperature, load angle)
  • Monitoring of hydraulic quantities (rough zone detection, Pressure pulsations, cavitation, vibration turbine cover)