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Energy Generation using Low Head Technologies 2016
Expanded Title:In the execution of this study attention was firstly given to identify the available low head hydropower technologies, followed by the identification of sites where the technologies can be implemented. A detailed description of the analyses of a potential WWTW site is provided. A pilot plant was constructed showcasing the application potential at low head installations. Defining low head power generation Low head hydropower generation refers to electricity generated from a relatively low pressure head normally found in rivers or irrigation canals, and according to Campbell (2010) is applicable to sites with less than 5 metres of head. This definition is however negated by the definition reflecting that heads up to 30 m should be identified as low head (ESHA, 2004). For the purposes of this report, low head installations include all installations up to 30 m head. Turbine types Turbines are broadly divided into two groups: impulse- and reaction type turbines. Impulse type turbines are more suited to high head applications where reaction type turbines are widely used for low head sites. Information of the potential technologies were obtained and for each technology a data sheet was compiled and provided in Appendix A.
Date Published:01/08/2016
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:R & D - Information technology, R & D - Research capacity
Document Keywords:Hydropower
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:2219/1/16
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0826-5
Authors:Van Dijk M; Loots I; Van Vuuren SJ; Barta B; Bonthuys GJ
Project No:K5/2219
Originator:WRC
Organizations:University of Pretoria
Document Size:56 736 KB
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