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Engineering Solutions to the Greenhouse Gases Generated by Hydroelectric Plants

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Kaufui Vincent Wong

Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering,
University of Miami,
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received February 14, 2014; final manuscript received March 12, 2014; published online April 9, 2014. Editor: Hameed Metghalchi.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 136(2), 024701 (Apr 09, 2014) (3 pages) Paper No: JERT-14-1047; doi: 10.1115/1.4027260 History: Received February 14, 2014; Revised March 12, 2014

There is a controversy brewing for about 10 years that hydroelectric power plants are not a clean, renewable source of electricity. The current review indicates that the source of methane is not in the mechanics or mechanical design of the equipment used. The source of the methane is from nature, and man's failure to do the right thing. This methane may be reduced or completely eliminated. If this cannot be accomplished or if it is too expensive to retrofit the hydroelectric plant, then the deep water may be preprocessed (and the methane collected) before being used in the water turbine. Several methods have been introduced and discussed. Details have been omitted so that practicing engineers and other professionals can obtain funds to research and develop or invent the practical solutions suited to conditions local to the problem.

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