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The actual potential of run-of-river hydroelectric power plants

Many run-of-river hydroelectric power plants generate energy only as a byproduct of the water flow when regulating the water level. Often there are only a few centimeters of leeway in this process due to the water level requirements defined by the authorities. For this reason it has been generally assumed that these few centimeters of variation in the water level are rather pointless in terms of energy generation. Now, in a study conducted at an RWE hydroelectric power station in the Netherlands, KISTERS has demonstrated just how much potential these few centimeters have to generate energy in a sustainable manner for use in the energy market while also achieving ecological benefits for the water used: A new mathematical optimization algorithm offers promising results.

Here you can read the full article that has been published in the magazine "Water Solutions":

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