Leigh, P. and Aggidis, George A. and Howard, D. and Rothschild, R. (2007) Renewable Energy Resources Impact on Clean Electrical Power by developing the North-West England Hydro Resource Model. In: International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, 2007. ICCEP '07. IEEE, pp. 315-322. ISBN 1424406323
This paper describes the development of a sequential decision support system to promote hydroelectric power in North-West England. The system, composed of integrated models, addresses barriers to the installation of hydroelectric power schemes. Information is linked through an economic assessment which identifies different turbine options, assesses their suitability for location and demand; and combines the different types of information in a way that supports decision making. The system is structured into five components: the hydrological resource is modelled using Low Flows 2000, the turbine options are identified from hydrological, environmental and demand requirements; and the consequences of different solutions will be fed into other components so that the environmental impacts and public acceptability can be assessed and valued. A preliminary case study is presented on an old gunpowder works to illustrate how the resource model may be employed. Historical architectural structures, power uptake and educational instruction of hydro power technology are considered.
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