New Tool to Assess In-Conduit Hydropower Potential in existing Water Infrastructure

Alden Research Laboratory, Inc. has been working on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to develop a screening tool for in-conduit (inside the pipe or channel) hydropower technologies with a focus on water infrastructure opportunities managed by municipalities or districts.  The screening tool will enable a user to complete a preliminary evaluation of hydropower generation potential at water supply and waste water treatment facilities. With facts about a specific system and location (such as pressure or head, and flow), a user will be able to estimate power generation potential and get some preliminary cost/benefit analysis results with the screening tool.  

The screening tool is a Microsoft Excel-based file, which can be opened with version 2007 or later. The file contains macros that MUST be enabled for full and accurate functionality of the tool. Please read the user manual in order to understand the full functionality of this tool.

Screening Tool  xlsm format of Screening Tool

This tool will allow a user to complete a preliminary evaluation of a potential hydroelectric generation facility. Includes estimates of power, energy, cost, and financial viability based on user input.

In-Conduit Hydropower Project Screening Tool Users Manual  pdf format of In-Conduit Hydropower Project Screening Tool Manual
file size 1MB

Additional materials that led to the development of the In-Conduit Tool are the project reports. These reports support the need for the screening tool.
In-Conduit Hydropower Project - Phase 1 Report  pdf format of In-Conduit Hydropower Project - Phase 1 Report
file size 1MB  
The Phase 1 report will provide summary data on available generating technologies as well as existing installations to serve as guidance for potential developers.  

In-Conduit Hydropower Project - Phase 2 Report  pdf format of In-Conduit Hydropower Project - Phase 2 Report
The Phase 2 report will develop some baseline information which will assist PWS or POTW facility personnel to gain basic knowledge of in-conduit hydropower projects.


For more information contact:  
Ann Lowery, MassDEP,  617/292-5846,
Mike DiBara,  MassDEP, 508/767-2885,
Celeste Fay, Alden Research Laboratory, 508/829-6000,
Amy Barad, MassCEC, 617/315-9355,

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