Balkusan Dam and HEPP : investigation of better alternatives to EİEİ formulation

Çetinkaya, Mehmet Akın
Due to the economic and social growth of Turkey, there is a rapid increase in energy demand. Turkey does not have sufficient natural gas and petroleum reserves; however, it has large hydropower potential. Hydropower is the most widely used form of renewable energy. To generate electricity between elevations 1500 m and 450 m on Balkusan Creek, General Directorate of Electrical Power Resources Survey and Development Administration (EIEI) conducted a feasibility study for a hydroelectric power plant (HEPP) composed of a rock-fill dam in 1999. In 2009, this formulation was not only revised but also constructed by Hidromark Company. The Hidromark-formulation consists of a roller compacted concrete dam and two diversion weirs. The aim of this study is to find a more beneficial alternative to the previous formulations. In order to avoid dam body and expropriation costs the Alternative-formulation composed of a run-of-river HEPP is developed. In the economic analysis, HEPPs are assumed to have two equal sized turbines and net benefits of different formulations are compared. Additionally, energy generation calculations are carried out for two turbines with different installed capacities only for the Alternative-formulation in order to investigate impact of turbine size on energy generation.


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Citation Formats
M. A. Çetinkaya, “ Balkusan Dam and HEPP : investigation of better alternatives to EİEİ formulation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.