Graham Sustainability Institute

Assessing Alternative Hydropower for Ann Arbor and Beyond

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Municipalities require a decent amount of energy to provide the city with essential services. As the demand for drinking water increases and pollution threatens water quality, innovative, energy-efficient solutions will be necessary to address the high costs and emissions of energy consumption related to water treatment. A Dow Distinguished Awards student team assessed the feasibility of micro-hydropower turbine technology for the city of Ann Arbor, MI, by conducting a cost-benefit analysis. The U-M team evaluated micro-hydropower turbines from two manufactures at three pump stations in Ann Arbor to determine the most cost-effective scenario. The team hopes their results will apply to other municipalities interested in pursuing micro-hydropower turbines to save energy. 

  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

  • Disciplines Represented: Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering, Environment

  • Project Team: Jacob Hite, Kira Tomenchok, Yu-Ting (Eileen) Lo, and Lauren Jones (Team Lead)

  • Faculty Advisor: Michael Moore, School for Environment and Sustainability

  • Project Client/Sponsor: City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Services