Up close and personal

At HYDROVISION International 2020, you have 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.

Pillsbury A-Mill and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Pillsbury A-Mill and St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Tour Date: Monday, July 13, 2020
Tour Time: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Max Number of Attendees: 25
Cost: $50

Pillsbury A-Mill Hosted by: St. Anthony Falls  Hosted by:
Dominium St. Anthony

 

Description: The 600-kW A-Mill Artists Lofts Hydroelectric Project on the Mississippi River was developed to restore hydroelectric energy using the existing, historic infrastructure at the Pillsbury A-Mill Building. The building is an artist-occupied affordable housing development, and the turbine is located in the basement of the facility. The turbine generates about 75% of on-site residential demands.

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) is an interdisciplinary fluid mechanics research and educational facility at the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. One focus area at the lab is water power. SAFL has a long history in hydropower research and has broadened its focus to encompass emerging water power technologies based on marine and hydrokinetic devices. The lab has unique research flumes and state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics tools.

Restrictions: All attendees should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.  There will be a lot of walking and standing.  No photography or video will be allowed at the Pillsbury A-Mill facility.  Photography will be allowed at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory unless the tour guide says otherwise.

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St. Croix Falls Hydro Generation Station

St. Croix Falls Hydro Generation Station

Tour Date: Monday, July 13, 2020
Tour Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Max Number of Attendees: 40
Cost: $50

Hosted by:

Xcel Energy

Sponsored By: 

Barr Engineering Co. JF Brennan Co Inc

Description: The 25.9-MW St. Croix Falls Hydro Generating Station features a powerhouse containing eight turbine-generator units. It was completed in 1905 on the St. Croix River (a National Scenic Riverway) along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. This operates as partial peaking plant and is the only existing dam on the river. St. Croix Falls as built to provide electricity for the Twin Cities. A feature that separates St. Croix Falls from other hydro facilities is its S-shaped spillway, constructed as a curve to increase its crest area because the river at that spot forms a gorge through which passes a large volume of water.

Restrictions: All attendees should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.  Attendees should be able to walk up and down stairways.  No photography or video will be allowed inside of the plant.

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St. Cloud Hydroelectric Plant

St. Cloud Hydroelectric Plant

Tour Date: Monday, July 13, 2020
Tour Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Max Number of Attendees: 45
Cost: $50

Hosted by:

St. Cloud

Sponsored By: 

Obermeyer Hydro Inc.

Description: The 8.5-MW St. Cloud facility is the largest city-owned hydro plant in Minnesota. The dam is located on the Mississippi River and is 21.5 feet high, with a 550-foot-wide overflow spillway. The original dam at the site was built of stone, oak and pine in 1886, and a concrete dam was built to replace it in 1970. The powerhouse, which was added in 1987, contains two turbine-generator units, and it produces 40 million kWh to 60 million kWh of electricity annually, dependent on precipitation in the upper Mississippi River drainage basin.

Restrictions: All attendees should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.

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Twin Cities Hydroelectric Facility

Twin Cities Hydroelectric Facility

Tour Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Tour Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Max Number of Attendees: 25
Cost: $50

Hosted by:

Brookfield

Description: Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners acquired the Twin Cities hydroelectric facility from Ford Motor Company in 2008. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished the dam in 1917, and the promise of cheap hydropower was the chief reason Henry Ford decided to build the plant in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Henry Ford completed construction of the hydro plant in 1924 at a cost of about $1 million.

Restrictions: All attendees should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. 

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