U.S. DOE, Corps sponsor symposium on optimizing dam operations

Two U.S. agencies are planning a technical symposium July 31 to share the latest advances in turbine performance and how to optimize dam operations to generate more hydropower while protecting fish populations.

The symposium, “Optimizing Dam Operations for Fish and for Power,” is a half-day event organized in conjunction with the HydroVision 2006 conference, July 31-Aug. 4, in Portland.

The Corps of Engineers’ Northwest Division and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are symposium sponsors. Speakers include representatives from the Corps, and the Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest national laboratories.
Attendees will learn about developments associated with the Corps’ Turbine Survival program and DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies program.

The symposium also will address:
o Use of physical, hydraulic, and advanced computational models to optimize turbine operations;
o Development of biological criteria for safe fish passage;
o Challenges of measuring fish survival in the field; and
o Obtaining a systems view of turbine performance.

Registration is free, but pre-registration is encouraged because attendance is limited. To register, visit www.hcipub.com/hydrovision on the Internet or telephone (1) 816-931-1311 ext. 129.

Deadline nears for HydroVision registration discounts

June 15 is the deadline for advanced registration discounts for the HydroVision 2006 conference. By registering by June 15, individuals pay a $665 fee, saving $100 off the on-site price. Multiple discounts of $75 for each registration are available to companies purchasing four or more full registrations; all registrations must be submitted together to qualify.

The conference program includes eight tracks and an exhibition. Additionally, HydroVision features pre- and post-conference hydro plant tours, seminars and workshops, and professional meetings.

For information, contact HydroVision 2006, 410 Archibald St., Kansas City, MO 64111; (1) 816-931-1311, ext. 129; Fax: (1) 816-931-2015. Request a brochure and register on the Internet at www.hcipub.com.

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