Hydropower Engineering Articles

  • Intro to Hydropower - Measuring Head and Flow

    Small-scale hydro is the only renewable energy source that works for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the first article in this series (HP103), I explained the basics of hydroelectric system theory, and reviewed system components. This article focuses on measuring a stream’s head and flow. Before you can ...

  • Comprehensive energy construction

    Energy construction in rural areas is an important measure for protecting and improving the rural ecological environment. In 1991 comprehensive energy construction in rural areas was started in 100 counties. In 1995 fuel-saving stoves, methane, solar, wind and geothermal energy sources and small hydropower stations began to develop and were popularized in rural areas throughout the country. ...


    By BIOSANI

  • Namewaminikan hydro development - Case study

    Two new generating stations, Long Rapids and Twin Falls, located on the Namewaminikan River in Northern Ontario were commissioned in the spring of 2017. CHC provided a total of four 1850 mm axial flow Kaplan turbines with synchronous generators and hydraulic power units. The Namewaminikan hydro development has a combined output of 10 MW. The Namewaminikan hydro project was optimized to reduce ...

  • DOE EERE Announces Prize Competition On Fast PSH

    On April 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a new prize competition to support and accelerate the development of pumped storage hydropower (PSH). The prize, titled Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Zayed Sustainability Prize Oceania Finalist – Tension Woods College Case Study

    The Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability recognising the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. A number of Australian and New Zealand schools have become Oceania finalists and winners in the ...

  • River Dommel (NL) - Case Study

    In the spring of 2016 the construction of a new hydropower plant in the Dommel river near Sint-Michielsgestel started. The existing dam in the river is equipped with a Landustrie hydropower screw and will generate renewable energy for approximately 200 households. The Dommelstroom project is the first cooperative hydropower power plant in the Netherlands, initiated by Bram and Jan Taks, father ...


    By Landustrie Sneek BV

  • Wilhelminakanaal (NL) - Case Study

    Sluice III in the Wilhelminakanaal near Tilburg is equipped with a Landustrie hydropower screw pump. This means that the installation is used both to pump water and also to generate sustainable energy for approx. 200 households. The project is initiated by Rijkswaterstaat, part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Landustrie is responsible for the design of this innovative ...


    By Landustrie Sneek BV

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Understanding water-society nexus: insights from Turkey's small-scale hydropower policy

    Turkey's recent venture involving the construction of hundreds of small-scale hydropower projects is a significant trend, both in regard to its contribution to Turkey's hydroelectricity production and the social and environmental impact of these projects at the local level. Turkey's hydropower policy was premised on a conventional understanding of water driven by science, technology, and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Understanding India-Pakistan water politics since the signing of the Indus Water Treaty

    On 19 September 1960, the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) was signed between India and Pakistan, presumably resolving the conflict of Indus water sharing. Nevertheless, over the years the conflict has re-appeared, dragging both the riparian states into confrontation. This paper explores the reasons that lead to conflict despite the Indus water sharing having already been resolved by the IWT. Analysis ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Four Trends Driving Profitable Climate Protection

    This week is the seventh Climate Week NYC. The annual event brings together influential global figures—and new voices—from the worlds of business, government, and society who are leading the low-carbon transition. We live in an exciting time, when more companies and investors are committed to bold climate leadership than at any other time in ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Micropower system modeling with Homer

    The HOMER Micropower Optimization Model is a computer model developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist in the design of micropower systems and to facilitate the comparison of power generation technologies across a wide range of applications. HOMER models a power system's physical behavior and its life-cycle cost, which is the total cost of installing and operating ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • G7 Climate Vision requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

    When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to "decarbonize" the global economy, they're talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission. Like putting a man on the moon, it would require overcoming major hurdles related to technology and money and the political will - so far in short supply - to make it happen. Despite gains by renewable ...


    By Associated Press

  • Towards realising social sustainability in the small hydropower sector in India: opportunities for social innovations

    This paper investigates the SHP sector in India and aims at finding out its contribution towards realising social sustainability and if there are any opportunities for generating social innovations. Various stakeholders connected to the SHP industry were interviewed in four states of India to explore the existing situation of this industry. The data was acquired through 28 individual in–depth ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How to plan hydropower stations for the future

    The hydropower plants of tomorrow won’t only produce energy. Constructing dams will also provide new drinking water sources, irrigation for crops, and new waterways for transport. In the words of most of the scientists here at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, they will be ‘multipurpose’. This means that each plant ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Evaluation of melioration area damage on the river Danube caused by the hydroelectric power plant ‘Djerdap 1’ backwater

    Construction of the hydroelectric power plant (HPP) ‘Djerdap 1’ formed a backwater effect on the Danube and its tributaries, which had an inevitable influence on groundwater level, causing it to rise and thus creating additional threats to all melioration areas on more than 300 km of the Danube riversides, as well as on the riversides of its tributaries: the Sava (100 km) and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • An assessment of reservoir filling policies for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    Africa's largest hydropower facility is currently under construction on the main stem of the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is poised to facilitate regional development with a 63 billion cubic meter reservoir and 6,000 MW of power generating capacity. To date, however, no reservoir filling rate policy has been established. This policy will have ...


    By IWA Publishing

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