374 pages, B/w figs, tabs
Micro-hydro systems can be an invaluable means, of bringing power to rural areas. In this way mechanical power for milling and electrical power for lighting, refrigeration and small industry can be generated to improve the quality of life and boost the economy in villages which are not connected to the national grid. This manual, based on the authors' considerable experience of working in the field and training local engineers, examines every stage of planning an installation, from site survey and estimation of demand to contracts and financial analysis. Worked examples with illustrations and notes help the reader through all the practical aspects of the project, with detailed sections on turbines, governing, drive systems, electrical power and maintenance. Aimed at planners, field workers and local engineers, this is a comprehensive guide for those wanting to install a micro-hydro system. This book should interest engineers wanting to design micro-hydro scheme, planners, field workers, local engineers.
Hydrology and site survey; civil works; commercial engineering; turbines; governing; drive systems; electrical power; financial evaluation; operation and maintenance; commissioning and testing. Appendices: glossary; pocket computers; bibliography; suppliers index.
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