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Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Photo by Richard Stenzel
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Study to look at hydro potential in irrigation canals

04 March 2011

Colorado State University and engineering firm Applegate Group are to research the potential for utilising low-head hydro turbines in Colorado’s irrigation canals following the award of a US$50,000 grant from the state’s Department of Agriculture.

Colorado State University, Applegate Group Collaborate on State Grant to Investigate Hydropower in Irrigation Canals

FORT COLLINS - 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.