03 Dec '14, 10pm

US Energy Department funds hydropower technology

The Energy Department today announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies. The United States has major opportunities across the country to add new hydropower generating capabilities at low-head sites, which operate with a change in elevation between 2 and 20 meters, including waterways at existing non-powered dams, canals, and conduits. According to Energy Department assessments , there is a technical resource potential of more than 50 GW of potential capacity at these low-head sites. New, low-cost, integrated hydropower turbine and generator sets made with modern materials and manufacturing technologies will help power providers harness the full generating potential of these existing low-head sites and produce...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/40824/us-energy-...

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