Hydropower and Hydrokinetic
Hydropower utilizes the overall energy of a body of water to power machinery. Typically, in order to produce enough energy to power machinery, a dam is introduced into the body of water to create more potential energy (a large elevation differential). Hydropower uses the energy of the water cycle (shown below) to produce electricity. Hydrokinetic power utilizes the kinetic energy of a body of water such as waves, tidal streams, and ocean streams. Some examples of hydrokinetic devices are shown below.
Sain Engineering and Associates Inc. has experts in many subject matters including hydropower. Sain’s engineers evaluate the client’s needs and the equipment condition to determine if hydropower or hydrokinetic technologies would fulfill the client’s needs and provide a cost savings over a reasonable amount of time. Sain engineers perform fluid flow analysis, power generation calculations, and cost savings calculations to determine if hydropower or hydrokinetic technologies are a feasible option for the client.
Project example: Crane