Technical Analysis & Presentation Essay Example

Micro-Hydro System

The objective is generation and storage of electrical energy in very efficient and manner and the system should be cost effective. This involves creating a dam on a creek where water accumulates. Periodically water , at a controlled flow rate, is to be directed through pipe to a turbine so that there is to be generated electricity that will then be stored in batteries.

The components to be looked at are as follows

  • A concrete dam that is constructed across a valley where a creek currently flows

  • Water delivery to turbine consisting of pipe work and nozzle

  • A Pelton Wheel turbine

  • An electrical generator

  • Battery Storage

  • Filter, enclosures and ancillary fittings

Dam location and sizing

The source of water to be utilized to generate power is a permanent creek which flows through a valley on the property. The flow rate of the creek varies with seasonal rainfall, but the lowest average flow rate (to be used for all design calculations) is 5 L/s. The valley is approximately semi-conical in shape, where the slope of the valley of 30 degrees defines an angle of the cone. The minimum depth of the dam must be 1 m to allow for an intake filter. The dam wall is keyed to be keyed into the slope in a trench 0.5 m deep.

Technical Analysis & Presentation

The thickness T of the dam wall is calculated from

T=R/50+0.1 where are is the dam radius including key of 0.5m

R is the maximum height of the dam to be used which is given as 8.5 that includes the key of 0.5m

Therefore T=8.5/50+0.1= 0.27m

Calculating volume of water

Maximum height of water = Maximum dam height (H) –key (0.5) –dam thickness (0.27)

=8.5 -0.5-0.27=7.73m

Volume of water = Technical Analysis & Presentation 1

Where h is the height of the cone half of which gives the maximum water volume

Technical Analysis & Presentation 2

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Setting Q

Choosing a discharge of Technical Analysis & Presentation 6

At this discharge and using a total volume of water per day of 432m3

Total time of pumping will be = Technical Analysis & Presentation 7

USING a discharge value 0.2

Total time of pumping will be = Technical Analysis & Presentation 8

Using the 65mm diameter pipe velocity in pipe is calculated as

Area A of pipe = Technical Analysis & Presentation 9

Velocity v=0.01/0.003317=3.0m/s (for 0.1 Technical Analysis & Presentation 10)

Using the same procedure the velocity were calculated in excel and are as in table below


Area pipe













From the table the best pipe would be the 65mm diameter pipe as it has relatively moderate speed and is the cheapest

Total pipeline length = Technical Analysis & Presentation 11

Head loss using headloss/m of 0.11m/m = 72.2×0.11= 7.9m

Total head H = s*Sin 30 =100sin30 = 50m

Thus available head at nozzle = 50m-7.9m = 42.1m

Establishing nozzle velocity u

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Using Q=0.02Technical Analysis & Presentation 13

Velocity v=0.02/0.003317=60.3m/s (for 0.02 Technical Analysis & Presentation 14)

Using the same procedure the velocity were calculated in excel and are as in table below


Area pipe














From the results in table 2 it can be seen that a discharge of 0.02Technical Analysis & Presentation 15 results to very high head loss that cannot be accommodated over the 72.2m length pipeline. We proceed with 0.01Technical Analysis & Presentation 16

Selecting turbine

The relationship between peripheral velocity of the turbine u and the diameter of the turbine is given by

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Where N is rpm and D is the diameter of the turbine to be used

For optimal performance of turbine u is to be 48% nozzle velocity (approximately half of nozzle velocity)

Thus with nozzle velocity of 28m/s u=14m/s

The ideal rpm of the turbine is to be 2000 to 7500rpm and for this case we choose a speed of 2000rpm

Now using this parameters and substituting in equation above

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This shows that the 125mm diameter turbine is suitable for use but it will operate at a higher speed above 2000rpm

The speed of operation when 125mm turbine can be calculated from

can be can calculated using the 1

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This shows that 125mm turbine is suitable since the speed of 2140rpm is with the recommended range of 2000rpm and 3000rpm

The lower speed is also suitable because it ensures that the rate at which the turbine is wearing out is low.

Power output from turbine

Assuming maximum power output of 90% from turbine we have

Turbine power = Technical Analysis & Presentation 20

Electric generator selection

The maximum power output from generator =Technical Analysis & Presentation 21

This shows that the smallest electric generator will be suitable