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Micro-Hydro Project

April 9th, 2009

Check out this video introducing the first joint JD/MS in water resources science student who is researching the feasibility of generating electricity from low flow springs in the Oregon Cascades.

Jennifer’s research is made possible by a gift from Mrs. Esther Rada to the Water Resource Management Research Fund at OSU. The fund is used for the study of water and watershed activities and the pursuit of solutions to the water and related environmental problems of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the world. We asked Todd Jarvis, Associate Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds, for comment:

This project was originally suggested to me by the Rada family as a research project for a graduate student. The Institute for Water and Watersheds and the Water Resources Graduate Program was delighted to assign a student to complete the feasibility study as a research project because it fit perfectly within OSU’s Signature Areas of Distinction, as outlined in the university’s strategic plan of Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems. The project also fits well within the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) program, which researches ways to transform green building and renewable energy research into on-the-ground products, services, and jobs that power Oregon’s green economy. And the Energy Trust of Oregon is also actively researching micro-hydro site suitability using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); we anticipate linking the Rada Family’s investment in the student’s research into this program as one means to ground truth their GIS work.

Click here to read more about Micro Hydro projects.

If you are unable to view the video, try viewing it here on OSU’s Media Manager.

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