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.
"The authors demonstrate an in-depth technical know-how on hydropower systems based on decades of field experience. The subject covers both the technical theory and the practical know-how on how to design and implement small hydropower projects from A to Z."
—Robert Foster, New Mexico State University, USA
"The book provides an excellent balance of the most relevant topics in Hydropower Development. It is well written and gives an in depth practical guidance as well as theoretical background. I expect this book to be useful to both the practicing engineers as well as graduate and postgraduate students specializing in hydropower or renewable energy in an environmental friendly manner."
—Nijaz Lukovac, Hydro-Engineering Institute Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Chapter 1 Development of Hydropower
Chapter 2 Basics of Hydropower
Chapter 3 Site Selection and Feasibility Study for Hydropower Projects
Chapter 4 Intake and Diversion Works
Chapter 5 Headrace
Chapter 6 Gravel Trap, Settling Basin, and Forebay
Chapter 7 Penstocks
Chapter 8 Powerhouse
Chapter 9 Hydraulic Turbines
Chapter 10 Impulse Turbines
Chapter 12 Very Low Head and River Current Turbines
Chapter 13 Electrical Power
Chapter 14 Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Projects
Chapter 15 Participatory Processes in Hydropower Development