Hydro Energy Articles

  • Case Study - Flow Measurements for Control of 98 MW Hydroelectric Project District of Machu Picchu Peru

    The Santa Teresa hydroelectric project is owned and operated by Luz Del Sur, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. The plant is located near the world heritage site of Machupicchu, high up in the Peruvian Andes. The intake for the project is on Río Vilcanota, and a flow of up to 61m³ per second passes through a 4km network of tunnels and pipes to two Francis turbines. The ...


  • In safe hands with Rotork

    Satisfying the flow control demands of the oil and gas industry with reliable and innovative actuation solutions has been one of Rotork’s major achievements throughout its 60 year history. In addition to the manufacture of electric, pneumatic, hydraulic and electro-hydraulic actuators, instrumentation, valve gearboxes and valve accessories for new plants, Rotork has also gained unrivalled ...


    By Rotork

  • A conceptual framework for real time estimation of WFP for small hydroelectric power plant

    It is believed that the power sector, particularly hydroelectric power, contributes to a very high consumption of fresh water in terms of evaporation from storage reservoirs. Robust methods of water footprint (WFP) assessment will eventually help in the pricing of water and energy. Conventionally, WFP for hydropower plants is estimated by dividing the gross/net evaporation losses by power ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Forecasting monthly energy production of small hydropower plants in ungauged basins using grey model and improved seasonal index

    A first-order one-variable grey model (GM(1,1)) is combined with improved seasonal index (ISI) to forecast monthly energy production for small hydropower plants (SHPs) in an ungauged basin, in which the ISI is used to weaken the seasonality of input data for the GM(1,1) model. The ISI is calculated by a hybrid model combining K-means clustering technique and ratio-to-moving-average method, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • State of the Art Novel InFlowTech; 1-Gearturbine RotaryTurbo, 2-Imploturbocompressor One Compression Step

    *State of the Art - Novel InFlow Tech - Featured Project Development;  1-Gearturbine, 2-Imploturbocompressor: *Wordpress Blog State of the Art Novel InFlow Gearturbine Imploturbocompressor: http://stateoftheartnovelinflowtech.blogspot.mx/ ...

  • Join a free webinar on Balkans Hydropower investment potential

    Join free webinar on the investment potential of hydropower in the Balkans Learn more about the hydropower investment potential of Balkan countries, as well as industry development plant at the webinar held in the run up to the international Summit and Exhibition "Hydropower Balkans 2017". Register for the webinar: ...


    By Vostock Capital

  • Extended multi-objective firefly algorithm for hydropower energy generation

    Classical methods have severe limitations (such as being trapped in local optima, and the curse of dimensionality) to solve optimization problems. Evolutionary or meta-heuristic algorithms are currently favored as the tools of choice for tackling such complex non-linear reservoir operations. This paper evaluates the performance of an extended multi-objective developed firefly algorithm ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Modified Sine Wave Inverters vs Pure Sine Wave Inverters

    Most everyday appliances and commercial tools run on AC power. This is fine if you’re connecting the device to a wall outlet that provides AC power. But what if you want to use power from a DC source, like a solar-powered generator or a car battery? In such cases, individuals need to use an inverter – a device that converts DC power to AC power. There are several types of ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Framing the Brahmaputra River hydropower development: different concerns in riparian and international media reporting

    Development of the Brahmaputra River, which links China, India and Bangladesh, has been hindered by significant challenges, particularly political challenges. News reports can mirror the perceptions of political actors, but are, owing to the complexity of the issue, complicated and unstructured. We present a comparative content analysis of the overall framing in news reports of the Brahmaputra ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How to make hydropower more environmentally friendly

    Hydropower provides 85 percent of the world’s renewable electricity, but comes with a hefty environmental price tag. Here’s what some are doing to fix that. Humanity got its first large-scale electricity thanks to hydropower. On Aug. 26, 1895, water flowing over Niagara Falls was diverted to spin two generators, producing electricity to manufacture aluminum and carborundum. Since ...


    By Ensia

  • Study: 100% Renewable Electricity System is the Cheapest Option for South America

    Transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America by 2030. A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. also shows that a 100 percent renewable system (100% RE) is the cheapest electricity production option and can be achieved with very little energy storage. "South America has a unique renewable energy ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • WorldWaves wave energy resource assessments from the deep ocean to the coast

    Abstract WorldWaves is a global wave and wind climate package developed through EU and industry sponsorship over many years. The offshore data incorporates global hindcast and operational wave and wind data from ECMWF, validated and calibrated with independent satellite and buoy data worldwide. These data, which may comprise full directional wave spectra time series, are used as ...


    By Fugro OCEANOR AS

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Environmental impacts of ocean-energy systems: a life-cycle assessment

    Ocean-energy technologies — which harvest renewable energy from the sea — will have a significant role to play in a future low-carbon society. A recent life-cycle analysis of different ocean-energy devices has found that life-cycle environmental impacts are caused mainly by the materials used in the mooring, foundations and structures. Improving the efficiency and lifespan of the ...

  • Want to Address the Driver Shortage? Get Connected.

    The reasons drivers are giving for leaving fleets and the industry are very similar to why any employee changes jobs: Pay. Respect. Problems with a supervisor. Time away from home. Lack of communication. Bad equipment. No opportunities for advancement. Or the job just isn’t what was expected. But if you look deeper you’ll see that drivers may be saying those are the reasons, but ...


    By Omnitracs, LLC

  • Case Study - 6MW Non-Condensing Power Plant

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2003 First Geothermal Power Station in PNG: Press Release, April 16, 2003 Lihir Gold Limited “Gold company Lihir Gold Limited is turning its vast geothermal resource into an opportunity. In April, the company started commissioning a 6MW geothermal power station, the first in Papua New Guinea to use natural geothermal ...

  • Power Inverter Basics

    Basic knowledge of power inverter Power inverter mainly adopts the PWM at present, controller switch to DC rapidly in a pulse-period to ensure that the DC integral value is equal to the sampling values of AC sine wave at the same time. After filtered, more than 96% sine wave output can be realized. Pulse inverter is self-excited inverter that output voltage is pulse modulation. This kind ...


    By GoHz Inc

  • Optimal control of reservoir release temperature through selective withdrawal intake at hydropower dam

    This study is motivated by the need to understand the temperature dynamics and warm-water temperature withdrawal. This study also recognizes the need for an environmental assessment of the proposed temperature control schemes at New Fengman Dam. An unsteady three-dimensional (3D) non-hydrostatic model is used in the present study to predict the hydrodynamics and thermal dynamics in the forebay ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Harrison Ford’s Millennium Falcon Accident – Too much Force was awoken in a hydraulically powered door

    In June 2014 the actor was crushed underneath a hydraulically powered door with “the power…. comparable to the weight of a small car” according to a spokesman from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The company held responsible for the accident have now pleaded guilty to two health and safety breaches under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. The first breach is ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Coming To An Island Near You

    Ocean Thermal Energy (OTE) Corporation may be landlocked in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but that isn’t stopping them from looking to the ocean for 24/7 electricity. Their primary technology is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), which uses the temperature differentials in the ocean to produce steam. The steam, in turn, activates a turbine, which generates clean energy and potable water. ...

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