UPPER IDAHO FALLS POWER PLANT LOOKING UPRIVER (NORTH), POWERHOUSE AND DIVERSION DAM WILL BE REPLACED.
THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT AT IDAHO FALLS CONSISTS OF REDEVELOPING THE CITY'S THREE EXISTING POWER PLANT SITES. THESE THREE SITES, ALONG THE SNAKE RIVER, ARE GOING TO CONTAIN LOW-HEAD HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS. A 7.2 MWE BULB TURBINE-GENERATOR WILL BE INSTALLED ON EACH SITE. ONE SITE WILL ALSO MAINTAIN TWO EXISTING 1.875 MWE UNITS AS STANDBY OR PEAK FLOW UNITS. PRIOR TO THIS PROJECT, BULB TURBINES HAD ONLY BEEN USED FOR HIGH POWER GENERATION. THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT BULB TURBINES CAN BE USED ECONOMICALLY FOR SMALL-SCALE, LOW-HEAD HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATION. THE PROJECT IS ALSO GOING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THIS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE USED IMMEDIATELY, IT DOES NOT NEED EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.
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