The U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Hydropower Association, are organizing a workshop to be held in May 2011 to discuss the state of environmentally enhanced hydropower turbine technology. Topics of discussion will include the history of advanced hydropower 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 Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program is sponsoring this workshop as part of its mission to develop technologies and processes that improve the efficiency, flexibility, and environmental performance of conventional hydropower generation.
The workshop organizers are currently accepting abstracts for presentations on the following topics: equipment and technologies (fish-friendly turbine designs and aerating turbine designs); biological impacts (laboratory studies, field studies, and study techniques and technologies); case studies; and future applications and directions (market prospects, potential sites, pumped storage applications, and cost of energy). Please submit abstracts of 300 words or less at: www.epriturbineworkshop.com. Submissions should include the presentation title, names of the presenter and co-authors, and complete contact information. The deadline for abstract submittal is January 7, 2011.