Hydroelectric Plant -
Algae Treatment Information
A hydroelectric plant in the Sierra Nevada
collects river water in several flumes. The flow rate of the water varies from
20-60 cubic feet per second.
The water flows through the facility to generate
power and then empties back into the local river. Excess algae and moss would
build up in the flumes and restrict flow. Mechanical brushing and chemical
treatments were used in the past to control algae. This required extensive
notification to regulatory agencies and residential users with flume water
A simple metering system was designed and installed to dispense BioWorld
Algae Treatment products on a regular basis at the flume headworks. BioWorld
effectively minimized algae in the flume, allowing for maximum flow rates and
optimum power generation.