Summary of Forced Air Turbine Venting
Low DO levels of the release waters commonly
associated with hydropower generation during strati-
fied periods and anoxic conditions.
Mode of action
Blowers or compressors are used to force air into
turbine water flow through passages to increase the
DO levels of the release waters.
Large DO uptake values can be obtained by this
technique but are limited by TDG supersaturation.
Based on the life of the turbine; years.
Maintenance requirements for rotating machinery,
Power and space requirements in the powerhouse.
Reduction in turbine generating efficiency during
aeration and, consequently, the related revenues.
Possible nitrogen supersaturation.
Moderate depending on the complexity and size of the
forced air system.
Applicability to reservoirs
Applicable to hydropower projects that do not meet
objectives with turbine venting.
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