Development of the rule curve for Altıparmak hydroelectric power plant

Boyacıoğlu, Şerife Ece
Energy requirement of Turkey increases day by day and hydropower is currently the main renewable energy source of the country. Thus, planning the development of the unused hydropower potential of Turkey is critical. Available water resources have to be developed and managed in a wise manner. Reservoir operation rule curves are fundamental guidelines for long term reservoir operation. Rule curve which results in the maximum energy generation has to be developed for each hydropower plant (HEPP). The goal of this study is to develop the rule curve for Altıparmak Dam and HEPP. An optimization problem is formulated and coupled with Sequential Streamflow Routing method to determine optimum end of the month operating levels of the reservoir. Monthly operating levels form the rule curve of Altıparmak Dam and HEPP. Total energy generation obtained with the rule curve generated as a result of the optimization study is compared with results obtained from the feasibility studies of Altıparmak Dam and HEPP and it is observed that approximately 5% increase is achieved.