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Electric Power Research Institute seeks fish friendly hydropower turbine test site

The Electric Power Research Institute is seeking an additional demonstration site at an existing or new hydropower development to install and evaluate the fish-friendly Alden Turbine.

EPRI, via a grant from U.S. Department of Energy and industry co-funders, is working on the engineering design of a hydropower turbine (Alden Turbine) with features that significantly reduce injury and mortality to fish, EPRI reported.

The Electric Power Research Institute is an independent, non-profit company performing research, development and demonstration in the electricity sector for the benefit of the public.

The industry solicitation will be launched in April, and respondents can apply via a web-based application site. Two or three projects will be selected for detailed evaluation, and a final site will be selected by the end of 2010, EPRI reported.

Future work, pending the availability of funds that EPRI will seek from industry and government sources, will focus on engineering and installation plans. The ideal site should have between 40 and 80 feet of head and flows ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 cfs. The demonstration site selected will complement a tentatively planned demonstration project at Brookfield Renewable Power's School Street Hydroelectric Project in New York.

This project presents an opportunity for the successful applicant to lead the industry in completion of a strategic research and development initiative, obtain cost-share funds to minimize investment risks, potentially expedite project licensing and enhance opportunities to expand hydropower generation, EPRI said.

For additional information on this initiative, contact Douglas Dixon at ddixon@epri.com.

The EPRI Demo Project Application will be available shortly and associated with the Alden Research Laboratory Inc. homepage at www.aldenlab.com.

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