Flow duration curve, hydropower, Dominican Republic


In countries with undeveloped waterpower potential, hydropower can be a cost-effective way to generate electricity while also utilizing the country’s renewal natural resources. The purpose of this paper is to present the design, development and testing of the Tethys HydroProspector web application developed to evaluate hydropower feasibility at a site from calculated Flow Duration Curves (FDCs) at specific sites. This project used data from the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDHRI), the national water resource institute of the Dominican Republic. Using this data, FDC’s were calculated for four distinct watersheds in the Dominican Republic, and compared to previously developed curves. These curves were then used as input in the hydropower calculator. Using Darcy-Weisbach equations and hydraulic analysis, a feasibility tool was designed as a web application to calculate the hydropower potential of each of the four watersheds. This web application was able to calculate the hydropower potential and quickly analyze several distinct run-of-river hydropower options within the four watersheds.