French Dam One of top 10 Hydro Innovations and New Technologies

Use of modular precast elements to build hydropower facilities and dams can reduce the cost of this work by half,  says French Development Enterprises.  The company says physical civil construction is the largest single component of new hydropower development cost, from 40% to 90% of total capital cost depending on the project size.

To address this situation, FDE has developed a technology, called the French Dam, that is based on modular components manufactured off-site in a controlled environment. These modules cab be secured to the riverbed using underpinning and interconnected with adjacent modules to complete a dam ( more).