Clean Currents 2022

Hydropower and Irrigation Systems: Visualize the Connection: Tech Demo 1 in the Innovation Power House

Irrigation technology has developed to the point where pressurized pipes can deliver water for irrigation while generating in-conduit hydropower.

That hydroelectricity can then be used to power electric pumps that currently rely on diesel and, in the future, power electric tractors and combines.

How to determine how much hydropower potential there is an irrigation system?

A new software tool, IrrigationViz, can help!

The decision support and visualization tool enables users to estimate how much hydropower potential there is in an irrigation system.

The tool — created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office, Idaho National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — is part of an overall Irrigation Modernization initative. The concept is that, by reinvesting in the United States’ irrigation systems, we can:
— generate more renewable energy
— promote the economic well-being of farmers and rural communities
— advance environmental stewardship
— cut carbon emissions within the farm sector to aid in the work of combatting climate change
View the presentation here.

Presenter Information

Shiloh Elliott

Shiloh Elliott
Principal Investigator, IrrigationViz
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), U.S. Department of Energy
Demonstration Speaker

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