Biologically-Based Design and Evaluation Tools for Hydropower Turbines

Multi-lab partners
ORNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL's) Biologically Based Design and Evaluation (BioDE) project leverages PNNL's award-winning tools and merges them with computational modeling to gain a complete understanding of fish behavior towards turbines, stressors within turbines, and the effects of turbines on fish species. This project will lead to the development of specialized software tools industry and regulators can use to design and evaluate more fish-friendly turbines, which will in turn allow for the more efficient and cost-effective operation of hydropower facilities.