Research group plans advanced turbine webcast

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has scheduled an Internet webcast Aug. 17 on an energy-efficient, “environmentally enhanced” hydropower turbine.

EPRI members and non-members are invited to participate in the webcast at no charge. The webcast is to provide a detailed description of project tasks for 2006 and beyond, as well as an explanation of project benefits.

“This project will focus industry support on further development and testing of an energy-efficient environmentally enhanced hydropower turbine,” EPRI said.

The institute said successful demonstration of the advanced turbine could minimize mitigation needs, maximize power output, and lead to additional carbon-free renewable hydropower generation.

In June, a Senate subcommittee endorsed $4 million to revive the Department of Energy’s zero-funded hydropower research and development program, which includes development of an advanced hydropower turbine. The Bush administration’s budget for the coming fiscal year includes nothing for the program, which was to be dismantled and turned over to private industry.

The webcast host and project manager is Douglas Dixon, senior project manager in the Water and Ecosystems Area of EPRI’s Environment Sector.

The webcast is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Aug. 17. To register for the webcast, contact Ana Montes at EPRI; (1) 650-855-2165; E-mail: amontes@epri.com.

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