ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. (ASL), of which ASL AQFlow is a wholly-owned subsidiary, has been carrying out successful flow velocity measurement programs in difficult ocean environments from the Arctic to the tropics with acoustic scintillation methods since 1977. ASL has been working in hydroelectric applications for over 20 years, since October 2000 as the ASL AQFlow subsidiary.
Early measurements at low-head plants
A prototype of the Acoustic Scintillation Flow Meter (ASFM) was introduced at Rocky
Reach dam, Chelan PUD, in 1992.
The first model of the ASFM was used for flow studies at Fort Patrick Henry and Wheeler Dams, Tennessee
Valley Authority, in 1997 and 1999.
The first production ASFM
system was produced for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Portland
District in 1998. Between 1998 and 2001, measurements with this system were conducted successfully
at McNary, Bonneville, Lower Granite and The
In 2001, the second generation instrument, ASFM Advantage was released. It incorporated significant refinements, and has since been used effectively by:
- Nova Scotia Power - Canada
- Hydro Kennebec - USA
- US Army Corps of Engineers - USA
- Edison Sault Electric Company -USA
- BC Hydro - Canada
- Portland General Electric - USA
- Hydro Quebec - Canada
- Korea Water Resources Corp. - Korea
- Douglas County PUD - USA
- Electricité de France - France
- Gas Natural Union Fenosa - Spain
- Brookfield Renewable Power -Canada
- Compagnie Nationale du Rhone - France
- CEZ - Czech Republic
Initially the instrument was used for relatively short duration, one-time flow measurements. But because all ASFM Advantage instruments are located away from the flow, protected from debris impact, it was recognized that the technology is ideally suited for long-term, continuous flow monitoring.
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Thus, in 2005, ASFM Monitor was introduced. This non-intrusive system, installed permanently in the intake, provides continuous, repeatable and reliable real-time monitoring of turbine discharge. Examples of its use may be found at:
Recent measurements at higher-head plants
Although the ASFM was initially developed for and used at low-head plants with no penstocks, its features make it an accurate, repeatable and cost-effective flow measurement method for higher head plants as well. Recent examples:
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