The present and the future of HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATION
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 – 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 double energy
- a quarter of the water volume generates same energy if the water speed is double.
It is evident what effect this innovation will bring to the hydroelectric generation world.
This new generation method can be utilized at already existing power stations as upgrades, as well as 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 will be nearly non-existent.
Therefore, we can substantially increase the generating capacity:
- without any large additional investment,
- without any additional water volume requirement,
- 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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