WISE Lecture Series - The Role of Hydro in Modern Sustainable Power GridsExport this event to calendar

Friday, July 12, 2013 — 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Phil Helwig, M.Sc., P. Eng., Hydropower Consultant, Helwig
Hydrotechnique Limited
 
In his presentation, Phil will examine five topics related to the role of
hydro in modern sustainable power grids.
 
  1. Features of hydro developments, including the importance of hydrology and site topography, the types of hydro development concepts, and run-of-river vs storage developments.
  2. Comparison with other renewables, including variability and availability, predictability and diversity of energy production, and energy storage.
  3. Contribution to Grid, including rapid dispatch, frequency stabilization, dispersion of generation sources and the potential to provide "virtual" storage.
  4. Challenges to hydro, specifically the size of plant footprint, the impact on flow regime, the environmental effects (both negative and positive), the socio-economic effects, and the regulatory regime.
  5. Finally, Phil will examine the question "is hydro sustainable?"
Cost 
Free
Location 
CPH - Carl A. Pollock Hall
4333
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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