Bard College and Current Hydro LLC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
March 2017 - May 2018
hydropower, hydrology, web application development, geoprocessing, decision support
The Bard Micro-Hydropower Calculator is a map-based application for estimating the power potential of microhydropower installations. It was built as a demonstration project for Bard College and Current Hydro LLC, and funded by NYSERDA.
The calculator presents the user with a map-based walkthrough of these steps:
- Identify a location for microhydropower, and get information about the terrain: Use the map and available data layers to identify a spot suitable for a potential microhydropower installation. By diagramming the location of the installation on the map, the calculator will automatically estimate head (elevation change) and delineate the contributing area using available topographic data.
- Set calculation parameters: Set input calculation coefficients and other assumptions used in the calculation (sensible defaults are provided). Optionally, you can also override the head and area estimates derived from map.
- See the power potential of a microhydropower installation. View the analysis results, including total kilowatt hours and estimated revenue generation.
Underlying elevation data driving the calculations is drawn from USGS web services-based geoprocessing tools from ESRI; where available in New York state, head calculations rely first on high-resolution, LiDAR-derived elevation data services hosted by the NY State GIS Program Office.