Winners of Technical Papers of the Year awards announced at HydroVision International 2017

Authors of 15 technical papers were presented with Technical Papers of the Year awards at HydroVision International 2017 this week in Denver, Colo.

These awards are given to the strongest technical papers presented over the three days of the conference. The winners were chosen by the HydroVision International 2017 technical papers committee. Committee members reviewed all technical papers presentations received in five categories.

Awards were announced for the first, second and third place winners in each of these categories and the winners were presented with plaques and certificates at the event.

The winners are:

Market Trends and Strategies

First Place, How Standard Modular Hydropower can Enhance the Environmental, Economic and Social Benefits of New Small Hydropower Development by Adam Witt, Miles Mobley, Scott DeNeale, Mark Bevelheimer and Brennan Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Alisha Fernandez-McKeown, McKeown and Associates LLC

Second Place, Experience from a Large European Variable Speed Pumped Storage Plant in Operation and Potential Benefits for the U.S. Grid by Alexander Schwery, Gokhan Sari, and Thomas Kunz, GE Renewable Energy

Third Place, Licensing Hydroelectric Project in Brazil by Jose Guilherme Antloga do Nasimento, Minas PCH S.A.; Fabiana Mafra Siqueira, Brasil PCH S.A.; Andreia Antloga do Nascimento, Energen Consultants; and Lizia Silva Reis, Abragel

Project Management and Operations

First Place, Increase of Francis Unit Peaking Capability through In Situ Start-Up Optimization by Joel Chamberland-Lauzon and Christine Monette, Andritz Hydro; and Ben Wang, Andy Burggraeve, and Jacob Iosfin, BC Hydro

Second Place, Quantification of Optimization Benefits from Detailed Unit Performance Testing at Multiunit Hydropower Facilities by Patrick March, Hydro Performance Processes Inc.

Third Place, Large Stator/Rotor Eccentricity — A Unit Failure Case Study by Ozren Husnjak, Ozren Oreskovic and Tihomir Tonkovic, Veski Ltd.; Paulo Henrique Santos Feitosa and Renato Vargas del Frari, Engie; and John Letal, Iris Power

Equipment and Technology

First Place, Integration of an Independent Dual Pressure Governor Oil Supply for Reliable Kaplan Turbine Blade Manipulation by Ryan Bean and Jeremy Winkle, Avista Utilities

Second Place, Benefits of Air Gap Survey with Slow Roll for Generator Condition Assessment by Barvir Sanosian and Willian Akaishi, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Third Place, Lookout Point Modernization — Design for Operational Flexibility by Francisco Kuljevan, Jason M. Foust and Christopher Lang, Voith Hydro Inc.; Calvin Hsieh, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and George Brown, Bonneville Power Administration

Environmental and Social

First Place, Maximising Energy Use of Islanded Rural Hydropower Electrification Systems by Thato Seabi, Marco van Dijk, University of Pretoria; and Jay Bhagwan, Water Research Commission

Second Place, Improvement of Numerical Fish Friendly Assessment Tools with Lagrangian Particle Tracking by Kristopher Toussaint and Remi Gosselin, GE Renewable Energy

Third Place, Operation of the Multi-Intake Box Canyon Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project to Meet Environmental Commitments by Toby Perkins, Knight Piesold Ltd.

Water Management and Movement

First Place, Design Considerations for the Capilano Energy Recovery Facility and Break Head Tank by Rob Adams, Knight Piesold Consultants

Second Place, Load Rejection Impacts to Small Hydropower Plants with Canal Forebays by Joshua D. Mortensen and Bryan J. Heiner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Third Place, Quantifying the Impact of Hydropower Operations on Shoreline Erosion throughout the Turner Falls Impoundment by Timothy Sullivan, Gomez and Sullivan; Dr. Andrew Simon, Cardno; and Dr. Robert Simons, Simons & Associates

The papers are posted on the Internet (password protected). Anyone attending HydroVision International as a conference delegate receives the password to access online all papers and presentations.

For more on HydroVision International, which will be held in Charlotte, N.C., in June 2018, visit

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