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Conduit Hydropower pilot plants
Expanded Title:An initial scoping investigation (van Vuuren, 2010) highlighted the potential hydropower generation at the inlets to storage reservoirs. In South Africa there are 284 municipalities and several water supply utilities, mines, all owning and operating gravity water supply distribution systems which could be considered for small, mini, micro and pico scale hydropower installations. Most of these water supply/distribution systems could be equipped with turbines or pumps as turbines, supplementing and reducing the requirements for pressure control valves. The hydro energy may be used onsite, supplied to the national electricity grid or feeding an isolated electricity demand cluster.Thus the objective of this study was to prove that it is feasible and technically possible to generate energy from distributions systems; and to develop guidelines to identify locations which have potential for hydropower generation.In this regards, the application to install hydro electric turbines in a water distribution system is fairly new in South Africa and thus three pilot plants, were constructed showcasing of the intricacies in the development process and to demostrate the technologies. These being: -Pierre van Reineveld (Tshwane Municipality - 16Kw - Brandkop Reservoir (Bloemwater - (96KW) - Newlands (Ethekwini - pico units X2)
Date Published:01/07/2014
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Wastewater Management - Domestic, Wastewater Management - Sludge management, Wastewater Management - Sewers, Sanitation - Waterborne sanitation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 596/14
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0549-3
Authors:Van Vuuren SJ; Van Dijk M; Loots I
Project No:K5/2095
Organizations:University of Pretoria ,Department of Plant production and Soil Science
Document Size:34 030 KB
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