Hydro Green seeks next permit on 18-MW Mississippi River project

Hydro Green Energy (HGE), on behalf of Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XLVIII (HFF), applied on March 27 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a successive preliminary permit for the Mississippi River Lock and Dam 14 Hydropower Project.

The project would be located on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Mississippi River near Hampton, Illinois. HFF was the previous preliminary permit holder for this project site. HFF has filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) and a Preliminary Application Document (PAD) on the project. HFF has also been discussing potential off take agreements for the project.

At the dam, the current plan is for three patented power generating Large Frame Modules to be placed just upstream from the dam towards the abutment of the dam and away from the lock and movable gate section of the dam. The Large Frame Module, has been proposed for other projects before the commission.

Each of the turbines will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 860 kW based on a design head of 14 feet. The entire system of turbines should produce approximately 18 MW from generator to grid, based on data and efficiency calculations conducted by Hydro Green Energy. The diameter of each turbine will be approximately seven feet.

The generated power will connect to the electric grid with the installation of a new transformer in a new switchyard. A new transmission line will run approximately 3.5 miles to connect to an existing substation.

The project will consist of 21 hydro turbines embedded into a patented and patent pending power door. Total project output is estimated at 102,000 MWh per year (using a 65% capacity factor). During the feasibility study, other design and project configuration alternatives will be considered, the application noted.

A project contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, Chairman of Hydro Green Energy LLC, Managing Partner of Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund XLVIII, PO Box 43796, Birmingham, AL 35243, 877-556-6566 ext 709 (work), wayne@hgenergy.com.

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