French River Land
(FRL) develops small and micro hydro
resources. As hydro developer, French River provides
the unique experience, engineering and
craftsmanship to build and operate hydro projects in the
Celeste N. Fay is
the President of FRL and her brother,
Fay is the Vice President. Celeste and Will
recent graduates of WPI with BS Degrees in Civil Engineering.
Celeste and Will have several years of
power plant, O and M experience with D. Hobbs Contracting and
Swift River Hydro Operations Company and have worked extensively
with their father. FRL has the tools, equipment and shop
facilities to fabricate and repair hydroelectric equipment,
regardless of its age or design.
William K. Fay
Chief Engineer and General Manager, is
a licensed hydro engineer who has inspected 80 dams for
the Massachusetts Dam Safety Division and is authorized by the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to perform Part 12
inspections of licensed hydropower facilities. He and his
children, Celeste and Will, have rebuilt many small hydro plants
located throughout New England.
December 6th, 2014
the 18 month hiatus. I took a job with Tacoma Power as their
Generation Manager of Mechanical Engineers. I am in charge of
the repair and upgrade of units ranging in size from 500
kilowatts to 200 megawatts. It is hard to describe all the cool
projects I am working on. The following are some random updates:
the Titans! Will is standing on the exciter service catwalk on
top of the U21, a 29 MW, Allis Chalmers Hydro Generator. He came
for Thanksgiving and we went on a tour.
is a view of the complete machine:
standing in front of one of LeGrande's baby 6 MW units installed
Here Will is standing in front
of one of Cushman 2's runners that were replaced with new Voith
runners in 1998.
standing in front of the newly welded upper generator bracket
for our Wynoochee Plant. This baby 15 MW unit is a Russian
turbine/generator set the City installed at a CORPS Dam in 1994.
and I attended the Hydro Vision International Conference in
Nashville this past July. Celesty represented the Alden Research
Laboratory and presented a paper on Luddington Pumped Storage
intake design. During the conference she was surprised with an
award that she was recognized as one of the outstanding woman in
hydro!!! I was very proud of her!!
Here is an
incredible photo of the new Andritz runner installed at
Mossyrock. This runner swallows 6000 cfs at 303 feet of head. It
is so beautiful. It has been operating since 2008 and there are
no signs of cavitation:
We discovered cavitation on our LaGrande
runners. I wrote a welding procedure for the repair work. The
following photos depict some of the repair work:
Removing a LaGrande runner. Notice the
overhung lifting jig used to lift the runner horizontally out of
the gate case at its center of gravity. Note because of the
head, the inlet blade section is larger in diameter than the
This is pitting caused by cavitation. Notice
the metal has been eroded from the center of the blade leaving
the blade hollow.
All position welding jig used to easily
rotate the runner to the optimum position for repairing the
pitting damage. The repair is made by grinding out the pitted
metal hole and filling it back in with SS welding rod.