EPRI, DOE plan workshop on environmentally-enhanced hydro turbines

The Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the National Hydropower Association, are organizing a workshop to exchange information on the state of technology of environmentally-enhanced conventional hydro turbines.

The workshop will afford speakers and attendees the opportunity to learn about the history of advanced turbine development, the current state of the art in advanced turbine designs, turbine performance testing procedures and tools, relevant biological considerations, demonstration projects and future directions.

The workshop will be comprised of invited and contributed papers. Abstracts received will be reviewed by a steering committee comprising industry experts and conference sponsors. Presentations that best address the workshop objectives will be selected for presentation. Selection results will be announced on or before Feb. 15, 2011. Conference organizers intend to publish the proceedings of the workshop and technical papers will be requested for all invited and selected presentations.

Who: Hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy; Open to the public
When: May 2011 (two-day event)
Where: Washington D.C. or nearby location
Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations associated with the following topics:
Equipment and Technologies
Fish-friendly turbine designs
Aerating turbine designs
Biological Impacts
Laboratory studies (e.g., injury mechanisms)
Field studies
Study techniques/technologies
Case Studies
Future Applications and Directions 
– Market prospects
Potential sites
Pumped storage applications
Cost of energy

Submission information:
Submit abstracts of 300 words or less using the following web site: www.epriturbineworkshop.com
Submissions should include the presentation title, names of the presenter and co-authors, and complete contact information. At a minimum, papers on new turbines should describe the design, energy efficiency and expected environmental performance. The deadline for abstract submittal is Jan. 28, 2011.

For more information or to get on the mailing list if you are interested in attending, please contact: Tim Hogan, 508-829-6000 x6473, thogan@aldenlab.com or Steve Amaral, 508-829-6000 x6415, amaral@aldenlab.com 

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