For all Californians: There is a rare opportunity to tour the Castaic Lake Hydroelectric Power Plant. This joint AIAA and ASME Tour takes place on September 14th, 2012.
About the Castaic Hydroelectric Power Plant (from ASME):
The Castaic Power Plant is a hydroelectric project which provides peak-load power from the falling waters on the West Branch of the California State Aqueduct.
The Castaic Power Plant has six reversible 240,000 kilowatt units and one conventional 55,000 kilowatt unit which serves as a pump-starting unit for the six reversible units. The six units function as pumps as well as generators. Each pump will have a power input of 320,000 horsepower when pumping at a rate of 2300 cubic feet per second or 1,030,000 gallons per minute. The water from the Castaic Power Plant is discharged into Elderberry Lake (pumping forebay) from which it can be released into Castaic Lake which has a surface area of 2,232 acres and a storage capacity of 324,000 acre feet with a normal maximum surface elevation of 1,515 feet above sea level.
It is a free event, however, you must RSVP by August 29th, 2012. Reservations: E-mail Lois Terada at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lois at 661-572-6473
For complete event details and directions, see the official flier here.