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The most cost-effective way to add power to the electrical grid is to tune-up and optimize the hydroelectric resources already in place and on-line.
Index Testing and Optimization of Kaplan Turbines is a very green technology.
|Trouble is headed our way, and we
must do something now
to prepare for and head-off another crisis. Analysis
Energy Information Administration (EIA) data
forecasts increase demand from
burgeoning populations and governments
pushing electric cars
while environmental and
public-safety concerns strive to curtail supplies of
electrical power. Both are heading us toward shortages of
electricity, which by the laws of supply and demand will
make electricity prices "necessarily skyrocket."
The new Index Test Box will help maximize operating efficiency of Kaplan turbines while reducing their environmental impact.
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|The best return on
investment in any power
generation activity is by improvement of equipment that is
already in-place generating power. This
is especially true for Kaplan turbines.
Index testing and optimization of Kaplan turbine 3-D cam data surface profiles corrects the efficiency-robbing blade to head and gate misalignment that increases turbidity and shear forces in the water flowing through the turbines.
Turbulence promotes vibration and noise, increases wear-and-tear on load bearing surfaces and exacerbates mortality rates of downstream migrant aquatic life. Of greatest concern are anadromous fish and eels.
Benefits of optimizing Kaplan turbine 3-D cam surfaces include:
|Acquiring suitable data is the most tedious,
time consuming and
expensive part of index testing and optimizing Kaplan
In order to be usable for cam surface optimization, this data must be steady-state. The noisy environment of hydroelectric turbines makes this difficult and tedious.
The labor and cost of acquiring this essential data is no longer a deterrent to proper turbine optimization.
The SteadyState algorithm in ATECo Index Test Box gleans steady-state data points from the continuous streaming data.
A modern hydroelectric power plant already has all the instrumentation and recording equipment needed to index test and optimize a Kaplan turbine. What is lacking is a means to extract the steady-state data from the noise.
|ITB SteadyState Analysis Introduction||This video explains the Index Test Box form, fit and function.|
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