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Market Assessment for Hydropower Turbine Design Tools Using Integrated Datasets of Dams, Turbines, Owners, and Fish...

by Mark S Bevelhimer, Christopher R Derolph
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ORNL Report
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A Department of Energy funded project titled Biologically Based Design and Evaluation of Hydropower Turbines (BioDE) has developed modeling tools and data that are intended to inform the design and installation of more environmentally friendly hydropower turbines. A market assessment was conducted to identify prospective users of these products within the hydropower industry and regulatory community. The market assessment included the development of a dataset of hydropower turbines and their defining characteristics (both physical and biological) for the purpose of refining program outreach and marketing of BioDE tools and data. A specific objective of the analysis was to identify hydropower owners and operators whose turbines were likely candidates for refurbishing or replacement because of senescence or re-licensing. This report describes a dataset that combines turbine properties, licensing status, fish resources, and ownership information on nearly 5,500 turbines at nearly 2,200 hydropower projects throughout the United States. The data analysis categorizes turbines by design type, geographic region, owner, age, license expiration, fish species presence, and regulatory authority. The ultimate result is the identification of the federal and non-federal owners with the most turbines of various types and the most turbines that have the potential to interact with fish species of concern.