Hydroelectric turbine to be tested for fish safety

PALO ALTO, Calif., U.S. 9/12/11 (PennWell) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) won a $1.5 million award from the departments of Energy (DOE) and the Interior (DOI) to deploy and test the Alden hydropower turbine. The turbine, developed by Alden Research Laboratories, is made to reduce fish mortality during power production.

The Alden turbine will be deployed at the Brookfield Renewable Power School Street Project in New York with a planned three-yearinstallation and test plan. The demonstration could develop an additional 25,000 MW of hydroelectric capacity.

The turbine is made to provide safer passage of downstream migrating fish, potentially minimizing or avoiding non-generating spill over dams, through fish bypasses, and downstream, fish passage facilities. The design could also provide additional options for generating capacity and recovery of energy lost in minimum flow releases.

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