Flexible Operation of Hydropower Assets

With continued deployment of variable solar and wind generation, hydropower will play an increasingly important role in system load balancing, regulation and storage. Hydropower can provide excellent response to variable demand requirements, as evidenced by pumped-storage projects. Wear and tear acceleration associated with more frequent flexible deployment of aging hydropower assets, however, will increase. Accelerated...

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LG&E And KU Utilize EPRI Resources And Staff To Design Solar PV Project

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) utilized EPRI resources and staff expertise to help design and commission Kentucky’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project, the 10-megawatt E.W. Brown Generating Station universal solar facility near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. “Collaborating with EPRI on this project was vital in the research and development of...

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New Guidebook Published on Wind Operating Practices

EPRI has published a new Operating Practices Guidebook (OPG) for wind power plants. The guidebook was written by members of the Utility Variable Integration Group (UVIG) O&M Users Group. EPRI contributed technically, providing inputs to the development of this guide. The OPG is a principles-based document that focuses on principles, processes, and best practices rather...

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A Review of Electronic Power Converters Used in Wind Turbines

A new EPRI report provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of electronic power converters used in wind turbines. The report includes information on grid connection requirements, emerging trends and challenges with power converters, reliability issues, and effective strategies for improving reliability. Download Report

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Hydroelectric Monitoring for Condition-Based Maintenance

The objective of the proposed effort is to demonstrate monitoring techniques that support a comprehensive condition-based maintenance approach for hydroelectric units. The focus will be on high-value monitoring that provides the largest expected gains in asset reliability and availability. Early detection of faults and degradation Greater insights into operational impacts on equipment Data and information...

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