Special Projects

Flat Rock Dam Hydro

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is in the process of repairing the Flat Rock Dam that spans the Schuylkill River where it passes Manayunk. In its future form, the earthen dam is being designed to accommodate a pair of micro hydro turbines capable of generating 1.5MW of electricity from the water that passes through the dam.

PEA is working with PWD to examine the engineering and economic feasibility of this unique hydropower project. PEA plans to use this project as a test study for a design competition with local higher education partners. Students will be challenged with navigating the complexities of hydropower, the electricity market, and electrical infrastructure in order to develop a design that can effectively interconnect and provide renewable electricity back to the City of Philadelphia.