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With environmental impacts being one of the largest concerns related to hydropower development and operation, proper attention must be paid to the environmental aspects of this technology and how operation and maintenance complies with regulatory requirements from multiple agencies.

 

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Waterpower Hydro Basics - Harnessing the Water

Monday, July 15, 2024 | 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM | Room 301

Join your peers in discussing all areas of hydraulic design of a hydropower project. Gain insight and new ideas by discussing different topics related to hydropower. 

This session includes: 

  • Dams (includes a brief description of different types, e.g., rockfill, earthen, hydraulic fill, RCC) 
  • Spillways and Outlet Works
  • Gates and Heavy Steel Structures 
  • Penstocks, Tunnels, Canals and Flumes 
  • Approach and Tailrace Channels 
  • Discussion and Q&A 

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BOULDER

Visit Boulder Canyon Hydro Plant, NREL's Flatirons Campus, and USBR Technical Service Center

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Offsite

Take a trip to the 5-MW Boulder Canyon hydro plant, owned by the city of Boulder, which is more than 100 years old and underwent a modernization in 2013-2014 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, 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 municipal treated water demands instead of running the river. 

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