1st Edition

Hydroelectric Energy Renewable Energy and the Environment

By Bikash Pandey, Ajoy Karki Copyright 2017
    437 Pages 247 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    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


    Bikash Pandey is the Innovations Lead for Clean Energy at Winrock International, based in Washington, DC. His work experience encompasses 25 years in policy design, review, and implementation of a range of clean/renewable energy and climate change projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. His current areas of work include clean energy finance, low emission development, last mile electrification through mini-grids, community-based electrification, and powering agriculture. Mr. Pandey is one of the pioneers of mobilizing independent power producer (IPP) investment into hydroelectricity and establishing a micro-hydro sector in Nepal to electrify rural communities. He has designed hydropower programs and trained practitioners in over a dozen countries in the proper design of hydropower systems. Mr. Pandey is also actively involved in global discussions around sustainable development of hydroelectricity. He participated as a member of the forum thatset up the World Commission on Dams. Mr. Pandey holds an MS degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and an SB degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

    Ajoy Karki is a water resources engineer with over 22 years of experience in management, design, and studies of hydropower, rural electrification, and renewable energy projects. He has worked as a hydropower engineer in 15 countries covering South Asia, Central Asia, and East and West Africa. He completed his MS degree in hydraulic engineering at IHE-UNESCO, the Netherlands, in 2000. He also holds degrees in civil engineering from the University of Iowa and physics (cum laude) from Coe College, Iowa. Mr. Karki has published a number of papers as both the lead author and a coauthor in the South Asian Energy Journal, Pakistan; Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; World Resource Foundation, UK; and Earthscan, UK. He has also provided extensive training courses in hydropower design in various countries in Asia and Africa, and has prepared training manuals and guidelines such as the Manual for Survey and Layout Design of Private Micro-Hydropower Plants for International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal (1999; coauthor).

    "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