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Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydro Power Schemes

A Practical Guide

By Luis Rodriguez, Teodoro Sanchez

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Format: Paperback, 359 pages
Other Information: 117 black & white line drawings, 11 black & white halftones
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 2008
Small hydro power installations have the potential to provide a renewable supply of energy to people in remote, hilly communities, far from the national gird. This book is based on the authors' considerable experience of installing hydroelectric schemes that produce up to 500kW for powering small communities. The book describes not only the electro-mechanical equipment and how it is installed, but also the correct setting of the installation and how to design and build the channels leading up to the turbine so as to optimize performance. These civil works can be carried out by local manpower, using materials that are usually available locally. Chapters cover the main components of small hydroelectric plants from the intake and the headrace channel, via the conveyance channel, to the forebay tank, penstock, turbine, and generator. This practical manual is a major new addition to the resources available for micro-hydro power project and programme managers worldwide and represents excellent value for such a detailed technical reference handbook.

Table of Contents

Prelims (Contents, Figures Tables and Photographs, Preface) 1. Introduction 2. Intake 3. Headrace channel 4. Coarse settling basin 5. Conveyance channel 6. Silt basin 7. Forebay tank 8. Penstock 9. Electromechanical equipment 10. Powerhouse building 11. Foundation for the electromechanical equipment 12. Assembly of the turbine and generator 13. Tailrace channel, Commissioning, Staff training Back Matter (References and Bibliography, Annexes 1 - 15, Index)

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'This book's strength is that it is based on years of experience out in the field of designing micro hydro systems that work.' Dr Arthur Williams, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering, The University of Nottingham, UK. 'For remote communities lucky enough to live near hill streams or rivers, micro-hydro power is the most cost effective way of generating electricity. And it is clean energy. But it takes years of experience and skill to design the weirs, canals and spillways that are needed. Experienced practitioners take you through the whole design process, with drawings and calculations, so that anyone with good practical building skills can learn enough from the many years of knowledge crammed into this instruction book to build a solid scheme, without over-spending.' Ray Holland, Manager, EU Energy Initiative, Partnership Dialogue Facility

About the Author

Luis Roidriguez, a civil engineer with more than 15 years experience in the design and implementation of civil works for micro and mini hydro, works for Practical Action's Latin America Office in Peru. Teodoro Sanchez is also an engineer and has over 30 years experience in sustainable energy solutions. He now works in the United Kingdom and is Practical Action's senior energy specialist.Tedoro Sanchez has over 30 years experience in sustainable energy solutions around the world and now works as Practical Action's senior energy specialist.

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"The power of water hasn't caught on in the national level, but can be invaluable to certain communities. "Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydropower Schemes: A Practical Guide" is a collection of advice for those who are pursuing this sort of power for their community. Ideal for remote communities that are far from the traditional power of the modern day, these works can provide enough power for small communities, with materials and manpower that can be acquired locally. Ideal for anyone who is in charge of managing public works for their community, "Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydropower Schemes" is a vital addition to any engineering or power management collection." "This books' strength is that it is based on years of experience out in the field of designing micro hydro systems that work."--Dr. Arthur Williams, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering -This books' strength is that it is based on years of experience out in the field of designing micro hydro systems that work.---Dr. Arthur Williams, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

EAN: 9781853396465
ISBN: 185339646X
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.75 x 2.03 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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