Providing essential theory and useful practical techniques for implementing hydroelectric projects, this book outlines the resources, power generation technologies, applications, and strengths and weaknesses for hydroelectric technologies. Emphasizing the links between energy and the environment, it serves as a useful background resource and facilitates decision-making regarding which renewable energy technology works best for different types of applications and regions. Including examples, real world case studies, and lessons learned, each chapter contains exercise questions, references, and ample photographs and technical drawings from actual micro hydropower plants.
Historical Development of Hydropower. Basics of hydropower. Site selection and planning. TECHNICAL DESIGN. Intake and diversion works. Headrace. Sediment removal systems - gravel trap and settling basin. Forebay. Penstock pipe. Anchor Blocks and support piers. Powerhouse and tailrace. Electromechanical equipment. COSTING AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS. Cost Estimation. Financial Analysis. SUSTAINABLE OPERATION OF COMMUNITY HYDROPOWER PLANTS. Participatory Processes in Hydropower Development. Productive End Uses. Appendices, Bibliography, Subject Index, References, Glossary etc. Teacher's Exercise Solutions Manual