Damless hydro


Damless hydro

Damless hydro or Damless hydro-electric is a renewable technology based on capturing the kinetic energy of rivers, channels of chutes, spillways, irrigation systems, tides and oceans without the use of dams [cite web
url=http://www.springerlink.com/index/U682W3R3650P1V41.pdf
title=Increase of the efficiency of small hydroelectric stations
journal=Power Technology and Engineering
publisher=Springer New York
authors=I. I. Ivanov, G. A. Ivanova, V. N. Kondrat'ev and I. A. Polinkovskii
volume=25
number=1
date=1991-01
doi= 10.1007/BF01428128
pages=1-4
language=English
] [The Economist, Volume 386, Number 8570, 8th-14th March 2008, Technology Quarterly] .

Since no dam is required, damless hydro may dramatically reduce the following:
* The safety risks (of having a dam), avoiding the risk of a flash flood caused by a breached dam
* Environmental and ecological complications
**Need for fish ladders
**Silt accumulation in basin
* Regulatory issues
* The initial cost of dam engineering and construction
* Maintenance
**Removing silt accumulation

ee also

*Hydropower
*Micro hydro
*Renewable energy
*Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity
*Snoqualmie Falls
*Weeks Falls

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