Hydropower

Compulsary For MSc YES
Technical
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The capacity of hydroelectric systems to reach maximum production from zero in a rapid and foreseeable manner makes them exceptionally appropriate for addressing alterations in the consumption and providing ancillary services to the electricity system, thus maintaining the balance between the electricity supply and demand.  Hydropower does not only provide clean energy but also helps in the process of fighting climate change. This course deals with the generation of power derived from running water or water stored in dams. It addresses the availability of the resources, the capabilities and limitations of the types of systems and machines used to produce hydropower, the processes of setting up such systems, and their associated costs and environmental impacts.

Outcomes

  1. Analyze the hydrological cycle and the process of identifying hydrological resources.
  2. Apply fundamental equations relating to energy conservation, frictional losses and fluid dynamics for optimum energy generation
  3. Undertake the process for selection of station site and hydro turbine, development of generator layout and predict the turbine performance based on model tests.
  4. Design various hydro power systems and analyze their effect on society and the environment.
  5. Assess operation and maintenance issues relating to hydro power.
  6. Critique the economics and life cycle costs of hydropower systems