NPD Explorer and NPDamCAT: web tools supporting analysis of non-powered dams

On July 22 from 12-1pm ET, research staff from ORNL’s Environmental Sciences Division hosted a virtual workshop titled “NPD Explorer and NPDamCAT: web tools supporting analysis of non-powered dams (NPDs).” We will highlight recent efforts to assemble an expansive inventory of NPD characteristics and will demo tools that can facilitate exploration of NPDs and opportunities related to NPD. These tools include:

  • the NPD Explorer, a sandbox environment that provides open-ended exploration of dams
  • the Non-powered Dam Custom Analysis and Taxonomy tool (NPDamCAT), a guided workflow that organizes dams into a taxonomy based on user-specified characteristics and priorities

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Workshop Slides

Challenges and Opportunities for Non-Powered Dams: Improving Classification and Data Access

On December 10, 2020 Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) held the first in a series of two virtual workshops on the topic of improving classification and data access for non-powered dams (NPDs). The workshop explored challenges and opportunities related to NPDs and brought a wide variety of NPD stakeholders together in a virtual setting to navigate and discuss ways to improve classification and data access for NPDs.

  • ORNL’s ongoing NPD classification research (funded as a part of the Standard Modular Hydropower project) was presented, with the goals of (1) presenting a vision and framework for tackling NPD classification; and (2) better understanding the backgrounds, priorities, and needs of various stakeholders involved with non-powered dams.
  • Future efforts toward developing classification research products and tools were also mentioned, and a 2nd workshop to review a prototype dam classification exploration tool is tentatively planned for Spring 2021.

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Workshop Slides

Standard Modular Hydropower (SMH) Resources Webinar

The Standard Modular Hydropower Resources Webinar provides an overview and demonstration of two guidelines and tools that are publicly available.

  • Exemplary Design Envelope Specification (EDES) – A framework for technology-neutral conceptual design of modular hydropower technology. The EDES specifies the objectives, requirements, constraints, and performance of exemplary modules, and identifies functional relationships that must be incorporated into facility designs to minimize disruptions of the river continuum.
  • SMH Explorer – A geo-visual analytics platform that empowers user-guided, energy-water-environment-module data analysis and inquiries in support of SMH development. The tool can be used to establish scoping level insights into the type of foundation, generation, water quality, fish passage, recreation, and sediment modules that may be necessary should SMH development be pursued on a stream-reach.

Webinar Slides

Webinar Video

SMH Overview