Up close and personal

At HYDROVISION International® 2022, you have the opportunity to get exclusive In-the-Field access to hydroelectric facilities and a hydro generation station. In-the-Field tours are one of the best ways to learn about other facilities and explore the region where the event is taking place. Space is limited on all tours.

Meeting location for all tours: A Lobby South Shuttle Drop Offsee map location here.

Visit NREL's Flatirons Campus, Boulder Canyon Hydro Plant, and Ralston Reservoir

ralstonMonday, July 11, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

This full-day tour will take you to a U.S. Department of Energy research facility and two small hydroelectric plants. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Flatirons Campus hosts research into a variety of issues related to hydropower, including a focus on how hydropower is vital to achieving a low-carbon grid and helping create a clean energy future.

The 5-MW Boulder Canyon hydro plant, owned by the city of Boulder, is more than 100 years old and underwent a modernization a decade ago that involved installing a new water-to-wire package. This modernization, which positioned the small hydro facility to continue operating reliably for decades to come, was completed in 2013-14 and consisted of retiring a 10 MW GE turbine-generator unit with a 5 MW unit. The reason for downsizing was to provide more water to bypass municipally treated water demands instead of run of the river.

The tour will conclude with the ribbon cutting of Emrgy's distributed hydropower installation at Denver Water's Ralston Reservoir. Emrgy, Denver Water, and United Power will discuss their collaboration in bringing the project to fruition and show the technology in action, harnessing previously untapped power in open channel canals.

Cost: $125/person

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.


Visit Carter Lake Hydro Plant and Estes Park Hydro Plant

estesMonday, July 11, 2022
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The 2.6-MW Robert V. Trout (Carter Lake) facility, owned by Northern Water, began operating in 2011 with two Francis turbine-generator units. It is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project, with six original hydropower plants owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and two added by Northern Water in the past decade. The project spreads over about 250 miles and stores, regulates, and diverts water from the Colorado River on the western slope of the Continental Divide to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. It provides supplemental water for irrigation of about 720,000 acres of land, municipal and industrial use, hydroelectric power, and water-oriented recreation opportunities. Robert V. Trout was the first project in the region to receive a Lease of Power Privilege from Reclamation, granting the ability to pursue hydro on the federally-owned facility.

The 45-MW Estes powerplant, operated by Reclamation, is also part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project. It began operating in 1950 and takes diversion water delivered from the Marys Lake Power Plant and holds it in Lake Estes for the project.


Cost: $125/person

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.


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Visit USBR Technical Service Center

usbrTuesday, July 12, 2022
7:45 AM - 10:30 AM & 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Technical Service Center (TSC) provides innovative solutions to water and power resource issues. The TSC consists of about 565 scientists, engineers, and other professional and office staff and operates world-class materials and hydraulic engineering laboratory. TSC's mission is to be Reclamation’s preferred provider of science and engineering services.

Although focused on Reclamation’s mission, TSC also provides technical assistance to other federal agencies through interagency agreements, as well as working with state and private entities through cooperative and technology transfer agreements. Technical assistance and training are also available through agreements with other countries interested in developing their own water resources.

For the tour, the hydraulics laboratory will have several physical models looking at a variety of structures including fish screens, fish ladders, labyrinth and stepped spillways, diversion structures, and spillway uplift.

Cost: $50/person

Space is limited to 60 registrants (30 per time slot).


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