Oldtown in Bonner County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Albeni Falls Dam at a Glance
Harnessing the Flow
During the year, the Corps of Engineers regulates the flow of wter through the dam. Water is released from Lake Pend Oreille to maintain seasonal lake elevations and to adjust for rain and snowmelt.
Water at Work
The Albeni Falls Dam includes a hydroelectric power plant. That means it uses the energy in falling water to produce electricity.
Water from the Pend Oreille River flows through intake channels in the powerhouse. The water strikes the turbineís blades and makes it spin.
The spinning turbine turns a shaft thatís connected to the generator rotor.
The rotor has 132 electromagnetic field poles.
The stator surrounds the rotor. The stator has coils of insulated copper wire.
When the rotorís magnets move past the statorís copper coils, electricity is produced.
The water flows out of the powerhouse into the tailrace.
Is That a Fact?
Fact: Each generator is rated at 14,200 kilowatts for a total rated capacity of 42,600 kilowatts
Fact:The turbines at Albeni Falls Dam can produce over 19,600 horsepower. The resemble a shipís propellers.
Fact:Lake Pend Oreille stores water for power production.
Fact:The Corps invites you to tour the powerhouse for an in-depth
Location. 48° 10.815′ N, 116° 59.735′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, Idaho, in Bonner County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 2 and Le Clerc Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oldtown ID 83822, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Albeni Falls (a few steps from this marker); Corliss Steam Engine (approx. 2.2 miles away in Washington).
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.