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Hydropower Fleet Intelligence

Topic: Clean Energy
Through case studies, this project examines gaps in data and potential to realize greater value from assets and considers enhancements to data collection.

The project objective is to develop, share, and implement data-driven decision-making best practices for fleets of hydropower facilities, so as to extract greater value and reliability from assets. Data sufficiency assessments were performed on the Electric Utility Cost Group cost database, the hydropower Asset Management Partnership asset condition database and the NERC Generating Availability Data System outage performance database. ORNL has partnered with the EUCG committee since 2007 and performs an annual Top Performers analysis and a benchmarking report. The hydroAMP data sufficiency assessment led to the development and implementation of a data improvement guide to increase the robustness and clarity of the dataset.  Through the NERC GADS working group the project team is providing input on the necessary design data fields to ease accessibility and increase participation.

Partnerships with selected utilities enable the execution of Use-Cases that examine specific questions in coordination with defined strategies, scenarios, metrics, indicators models and other foundational concepts.  Use-Case 1 examines the Operations & Maintenance Effects of Intensifying Dispatch Variability through partnership with PG&E.

Other work includes (1) the impact of parameter uncertainty on Whole Life Cost Model results for hydropower asset replacement strategies (2) scoping of the Department of Energy’s role in hydropower digitalization and advanced condition monitoring and (3) database coordination with the HydroSource project.