Coins in Water Abigail Low

Ben Houston, GroundPoint Engineering

Understanding issues like determining available head and flow are critical to figuring out whether you can generate enough power to make a project viable.

So, the Bard team built an online tool that allows you to explore any location using a map and interactively move where you place your power facility in relation to a dam to maximize head. The tool even allows you to account for issues such as:

  • changes in the going rate for electricity ($/KwH)
  • generator efficiency
  • in-stream flow requirements

The mapping tool relies on the latest topographic information provided by the New York State GIS Program Office and uses publicly available web services provided by the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI).

To begin exploring anywhere in New York State, open the Bard Microhydropower Interactive Mapping Tool.


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