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EPRI looking for test sites for fish-friendly Alden turbine

A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow the Electric Power Research Institute to seek an evaluation site for a new turbine.

EPRI says it hopes test the turbine, which was created at Alden Research Laboratory, at an existing or new hydropower development to study fish passage survival and operational turbine testing.

The ideal site for the demonstration site would have an approximate gross head between 30 and 120 feet and available flow for a new turbine between 1,000 and 2,000 cubic feet per second.

Other sites may be considered assuming they meet other criteria related to engineering, operational and biological performance.

EPRI has US$3 million available for site design engineering and installation planning, and says it will seek further funding from industry and government sources.

The institute says the project "presents an opportunity to lead the industry in completion of a strategic research and development initiative, obtain cost-share funds to minimize investment risks, potentially expedited licensing, and enhance opportunities to expand hydropower generation."

Interested parties are encouraged to contact Norman Perkins, Alden Project Manager, or EPRI's Doug Dixon by September 25.

Doug Dixon
Phone: 804-642-1025

Norman Perkins
Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.
Phone: 508-829-6000, ext. 6469

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