31 Jan '12, 4pm

Run-of-the-River Hydropower Goes With the Flow

So what is the market potential of this type of small-scale technology and how best can governments and policy makers support its ongoing development? Advantages Michael Cutter, Vice President of Engineering and Development - US Operations at Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners , explains that run-of the river projects are located on rivers that have sufficient head (drop) to make power. "Run-of-the-river hydro avoids the need to build large dams to store water, allowing the project to generate as conditions, river flows and the license permits," he says. According to Mark Stover, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Illinois-based Hydro Green Energy , the greatest advantage of the run-of-river sites they are developing is the capacity factor. Because the company is taking advantage of sites that have strong head and flow duration curves, its projects will operate anywh...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012...

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