Little green baby steps : transforming modern power production through microscale hydropower Public Deposited

http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/concern/graduate_thesis_or_dissertations/qv33rz88w

Descriptions

Attribute NameValues
Creator
Abstract or Summary
  • Microscale hydropower, facilities that produce between 1 kW and 1 MW of power, has the potential to revolutionize modern power production. Unlike conventional large scale operations, these water supplies can be utilized with little impact on the environment. Hydropower per unit production can be very affordable compared to other renewable resources, but is limited by regulatory constraints and initial capital investments. At present, multiple states allow water rights to be amended to include microscale power production. These changes are relatively recent, with many unresolved legal and policy issues. Additionally, barriers exist for small producers when trying to connect to the grid. Microscale hydropower technology is available and robust, but the initial expense can be a significant obstacle to entry in the sector. These limitations can lead to projects that are not financially feasible. Additionally small water resources tend to be ungauged; understanding power production feasibility requires straightforward ways to estimate flow. These water resources are typically very intermittent. Consequently technology and infrastructure must be designed to optimize year round power production. This paper examines the legal, policy, science and engineering questions that need to be considered in the development of a microscale hydropower facility. A case study is presented, using a regionalized water balance, ¹⁸O isotopic analysis, temperature analysis, the "5 gallon bucket" gauging method, ArcGIS applications and a policy/legal/technology review to determine power production feasibility. This case study reveals that small water resources can be developed as viable and economically feasible sources for residential use. For these resources to contribute clean and green power to the grid, the great potential of microscale hydropower must be recognized. Legal and policy reforms along with new technologic innovations can address these limitations and support wide scale application.
Resource Type
Date Available
Date Copyright
Date Issued
Degree Level
Degree Name
Degree Field
Degree Grantor
Commencement Year
Advisor
Committee Member
Non-Academic Affiliation
Keyword
Subject
Rights Statement
Language
Replaces
Additional Information
  • description.provenance : Submitted by Jennifer Holderman (holdermj@onid.orst.edu) on 2011-03-04T15:23:04Z No. of bitstreams: 1 HoldermanJenniferA2011.pdf: 10867454 bytes, checksum: f1f87948d472852d09118667bf456d54 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Approved for entry into archive by Julie Kurtz(julie.kurtz@oregonstate.edu) on 2011-04-06T21:13:42Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 1 HoldermanJenniferA2011.pdf: 10867454 bytes, checksum: f1f87948d472852d09118667bf456d54 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Made available in DSpace on 2011-04-07T22:16:26Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 1 HoldermanJenniferA2011.pdf: 10867454 bytes, checksum: f1f87948d472852d09118667bf456d54 (MD5)
  • description.provenance : Approved for entry into archive by Laura Wilson(laura.wilson@oregonstate.edu) on 2011-04-07T22:16:26Z (GMT) No. of bitstreams: 1 HoldermanJenniferA2011.pdf: 10867454 bytes, checksum: f1f87948d472852d09118667bf456d54 (MD5)

Relationships

In Administrative Set:
Last modified: 08/02/2017

Downloadable Content

Download PDF
Citations:

EndNote | Zotero | Mendeley

Items