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A high level scoping investigation into the potential of energy saving and production/generation in the supply
Expanded Title:With regard to energy saving and production a number of energy efficient products have been introduced varying from energy efficient globes, fuel efficient cars and high production breeds of modified plant material, as well alternate renewable energy sources. For example, solar energy has also been developed as a local alternative source but However, except for large scale hydro-power and recently micro-scale hydropower, very little has been done to determine other alternative mechanisms of energy production from the supply of water and the efficient use of energy. For example, high pressure piped conduits have the potential to provide very low-cost energy/power in small quantities. Until now these options were not fully exploited and researched, therefore making it imperative to undertake this scoping exercise. South Africa is blessed with substantial transfer of water through piped conduits and this offers significant potential for exploitation, especially to the benefit of remote rural settlements requiring small quantities of energy. The focus thus is to establish the potential of how the unused pressure energy in the water distribution systems could be utilized as a potential power source by the end users by using microhydropower generating facilities.
Date Published:01/04/2010
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Ecosystem - Biomonitoring, Drinking water - Water supply, R & D - Information technology, R & D - Research capacity
Document Keywords:Policy and regulation, Guidelines, Environment, Operation and Maintenance, Engineering, Technology, Climate, Water Quality
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Consultant
WRC Report No:KV 238/10
ISBN No:9781770059542
Authors:Van Vuuren SJ
Project Leader:van Vuuren S J
Project No:K8/839
Originator:WRC
Organizations:Department of Civil Engineering University of Pretoria
Document Size:3 495 KB
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