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Why Not Hydro?

Dominion Energy is planning the construction of a new hydropower facility in southwestern Virginia.  Their current hydro plant captures rainwater in a reservoir and pumps the water 1,200 feet up a mountain. When released, it rushes back down turning electricity producing turbines.  This method produces over 500MW of electricity in as little as 15 minutes.  It has been effective for decades.  So why not build more hydropower plants?  Perhaps its the $2 billion estimated to construct the new facility.  Some question the necessity of such a large investment.  Is this a step in the wrong direction for coal country?

Canadian hydropower plant in Saskatchewan was originally commissioned from 1963 to 1966. Only now are the final six of eight units undergoing refurbishment.  Is this a testament to the durability and efficiency of hydro plants?

Andritz acquired this contract as well as a contract to modernize Ukrainian hydropower station, Dnipro.  Dnipro, built between 1927 and 1932, is part of a rehabilitation program financed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.  The contract value amounts to approximately 60 million euros ($70 million US).  The modernization will increase output from 64 to 75 MW and enhance reliability and safety.  

Hydropower has stood the test of time as a safe, durable and efficient source of energy.  Will the reliability of hydropower ultimately outweigh the environmental concerns and initial sticker shock?  What are your thoughts on the subject?


I would like to bring to your attention something new, having the potential to bring hydroelectric generation back to the front line.
Innovation always had the power to alter the world…

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All currently existing hydroelectric power generation methods use - fully, or at least in part – the POTENTIAL ENERGY (volume) of the water.

There is no way to control (INCREASE) the velocity (speed) of the water unless we increase the height of the dam, or – for example – increase the vertical drop in case of a run-off-the-river generating station.

These kinds of “increases” are rarely possible at all, or even if physically possible, it would be so expensive that the cost makes it meaningless.

There is a recent Canadian innovation that makes it possible to fully control (increase or decrease) the velocity of the water at will, and doing so in an absolutely economical way.

This innovation utilizes KINETIC ENERGY (SPEED) instead of POTENTIAL ENERGY (VOLUME) of the water.

As laws of physics go: KE = (m*v2) / 2
KE = the energy of motion, or as officially called: KINETIC ENERGY.
m = mass/volume.
V = velocity/speed

- water running with double speed would pull through the penfold double volume of water.
• This would generate 8 (EIGHT) times more torque on the turbine in the form of kinetic energy.

- even if we draw just the same volume of water, but with double speed –
• we generate 4 (FOUR) times more electric power – and we need a much smaller penstock.

Or, playing with the numbers a bit more:

- half water volume with double speed
• generates 2 (TWO) times more energy

- quarter water volume with double speed
• generates the same energy.

It is evident what effect this innovation will bring to the hydroelectric generation world if we increase the speed of water – say: 5 (FIVE) times.
Do we have an opportunity now to get rid of the huge water dams, reservoirs, pumped storages?
- We will see!

The higher speed of water is achieved WITHOUT any additional energy input, just by utilizing the gravity induced cohesion forces.
Science knows and understands it fully.
It doesn’t need any additional financial resources to utilize it.
It is there for us in nature everywhere, just we did not use it for hydroelectric power generation purpose until now.

This new generation method can be utilized
- at already existing power stations as upgrades,
- at new installations,
- or even at currently non-powered dams.

This new method is not causing any visual or environmental impact.

As a consequence - the political, legal, or civilian resistance against construction will be nearly non-existent.

Therefore, we can substantially increase the generating capacity:
- without any large additional investment,
- without any additional water volume requirement,  EVEN SAVING WATER!!!
- without disturbing the natural environment.

Due to the above facts, many sites previously considered being unfit for hydroelectric generation purpose, now come up as very potential opportunities.

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So, what do you think?
Will - those people who invested in solar, or wind energy industries – run to sell their shares a half a year from now?

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