Hydro Green seeks permit on 30-MW project on the Black Warrior River

Hydro Green Energy LLC, on behalf of subsidiary Lock+ Hydro Friends Fund IV, applied March 31 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the Demopolis Lock and Dam Hydropower Project, to be located on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Demopolis Lock and Dam on the Black Warrior River near Demopolis, Alabama.

The permit, if granted, would allow three years of exclusivity where the company can explore project feasibility without fear of a competing application.

The output from the uni-directional turbines will be generated by water diverted from the Black Warrior River in a conduit. Flows to the hydro plant would be coordinated with Corps. The project will operate in run-of-river mode. The generated power will connect to the electric grid with the installation of a new transformer in a new switchyard. A new 115-kV transmission line will connect this power to the grid.

The hydropower development will consist of one Large Frame Module (LFM) consisting of fifteen turbines. The LFM will be installed in a new conduit that transports water from the upper pool to the lower pool, along with head gate assemblies that can open and close off flow to the units during an event that would require a suspension of generation. Each of the turbines will have a nameplate capacity of 2,000 kW based on a recorded net head of 38 feet. The entire system of turbines should produce 30 MW.

A project contact is: Wayne F. Krouse, Chairman, Hydro Green Energy LLC, PO Box 43796 Birmingham, AL 35243, 877-556-6566, wayne@hgenergy.com.

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