Three million acres of irrigated land in Colorado could be an untapped source of hydropower and a revenue source for irrigation companies.
A Colorado State University engineering professor is collaborating with an engineering firm, Applegate Group Inc., to review the potential power that could be generated by "low-head" turbines in irrigation canals.
Lindsay George, water resource engineer in the Glenwood Springs offices of Applegate, and Dan Zimmerle, a research scientist and adjunct mechanical engineering professor at Colorado State, received a $50,000 grant this year from the Colorado Department of Agriculture to study canals in Colorado. The grant is part of the Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy (ACRE) Program to promote energy-related projects beneficial to Colorado's agriculture industry.
Read the rest of the article at the website of CSU's School of Environmental Sustainability.