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Designing and Building Mini and Micro Hydro Power Schemes: A Practical Guide

Handbook / Manual

By: Luis Rodríguez and Teodoro Sánchez

359 pages, Figs, tabs

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #175342 | ISBN-13: 9781853396465
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About this book

Small hydro power installations have the potential to provide a renewable supply of energy to people in remote, hilly communities, far from the national grid. This book is based on the authors' considerable experience of installing hydroelectric schemes that produce up to 500 kW for powering small communities. This 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.


1. Introduction 2. Intake 3. Headrace Channel 4. Coarse Settling Basin 5. Conveyance Channel 6.Silt Basin 7. Forebay Tank 8. Penstock 9. Power House: Electromechanical Equipment 10.Powerhouse Building 11. Assembly of the Turbine and Generator 12. Trailrace Channel 13. Commissioning 14. Staff Training

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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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