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Evaluating the Governor's Lifeblood: Weighing Governor Performance and Environmental Hazards

13 September 2016 by

Minimizing the environmental impact of hydroelectric power generating facility is a key component in many organizations' environmental policy. One of the largest concerns in a hydroelectric plant is the risk for potential water contamination through leaking oil, especially in the turbine pit. This paper will consider why traditional oil is preferred by operators and manufacturers rather than modern environmentally-friendly biodegradable oil. This paper will also evaluate the importance of oil commonality within an organization. Several experts in governor manufacturing and maintenance were consulted for their input as to the techniques that should be used to ensure the maximum performance and longevity of a governor system as well as mitigate environmental contamination.

Using the proper oil type is an essential component to maintaining a well-functioning governor system. By using the oil type recommended by the manufacturer, operators will minimize wear and tear over the course of a unit's lifetime. There are other factors that an organization may consider when choosing what type of oil to use in their governor system. Oil commonality can reduce the risk of operator error by utilizing the same oil for the governor as is used for the turbine. The potential environmental impacts in the event of an oil spill may be considered, especially in ecologically sensitive waterways or recreational areas. The main goal of most organizations is to extend the lifetime of their current systems by using the most cost efficient methods available. Through proper system maintenance, system upgrades, and spill mitigation techniques, a governor unit can operate efficiently and effectively for years to come.

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