Run of River Hydro

Run-of-river hydroelectricity (ROR) is a type of hydroelectric generation plant whereby little or no water storage is provided.

A plant without storage is subject to seasonal river flows, and will only operate when there is sufficient flow in the river, thus the plant will operate as an intermittent energy source. A modern plant will automatically start and stop to maximise the available resource.

 

Advantages of Small Run of River

  • Minimal Environmental Impact
  • No Flow Disruption - water returned to river
  • Predictable Seasonal Output
  • High Efficiency & Reliability

Harnessing the Natural Flow of Rivers

Run-of-river hydro projects harness the natural downward flow of rivers; typically, water is taken from the river at a high point and diverted into a channel, and pressurised pipeline (or penstock). The technology is applied best where there is a considerably fast moving river with steady seasonal water.

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