Hydro Green seeks preliminary permit on 15-MW project in Alabama

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

“This application is made in order so that the Applicant may secure and maintain priority of application for a license for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support an application for the project,” the filing said.

One Large Frame Module (LFM) would be placed northwest of the dam in a conduit and be outfitted with Hydro Green’s already patented and patent pending technology to generate power from head-based water resources without affecting the operations of the Corps dam. The technology can operate under a range of flow conditions. The proposed project will operate in run-of-river fashion. The LFM’s transmission line will interconnect to an existing transmission line that is northwest of the dam.

The LFM, which will contain ten turbines, will be installed in a new conduit that transports water from the upper pool to the lower pool, along with flow control door 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 1,500 kW based on a recorded net head of 21 feet. The entire system of turbines should produce 15 MW. The diameter of each turbine will be approximately seven feet.

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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