Special issue on the Future of Sustainable Hydropower

It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a scientific paper to the special issue. The title is “The Future of Hydropower: Sustainable Goals, Planning, Practices, and Technologies”. This special issue will be edited by the international Journal Sustainability. I will accept original research papers, reviews and innovative study cases in the hydropower sector. […]

R&D in progress for low head hydropower water wheels

Performance improvement of overshot water wheels Overshot water wheels are hydropower converters generally employed for head differences up to 6 m and maximum flow rates of 150−200 L/s per meter width. The maximum hydraulic efficiency (80%–85%) is constant for rotational speeds below the critical speed, whereas the efficiency linearly decreases at higher rotational speeds due […]

Integrated solar/PV and hydropower plants

Hydropower and solar power plants were developed separately in the past. Recently, hydro and solar plants have started to merge into photovoltaic-hydropower hybrid plants, where floating solar panels are installed on the water surface of hydropower reservoirs and/or on the dam surface. This represents a cost-effective strategy for allocating new PV plants without occupying natural lands, […]

Predictive system for the technical state of hydraulic turbines, see the on-line tool!

Hydraulic turbines are unique equipment with a high level of individuality, and each year of operation and each repair brings new differences from the original design and project expectations. Consequently, it is not possible to use any statistical data to predict residual lifetime or time up to limit state. In recent years, the operating range […]

Hydropower Europe: POWERING EUROPE IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY

The HYDROPOWER-EUROPE project is built on the ambition to achieve a research and innovation agenda and a technology roadmap for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

Alpheus: Augmenting grid stability through Low-head Pumped Hydro Energy Utilization & Storage, an EU funded project.

With a growing share of intermittent renewable energy sources grid stability can be maintained, and flexibility enhanced, by applying pumped hydropower energy storage. The project ALPHEUS will improve reversible pump/turbine (RPT) technology and adjacent civil structures. This is needed to make pumped hydro storage economically viable in shallow seas and coastal environments with flat topography. […]

FitHydro: Fishfriendly Innovative Technologies for Hydropower, an EU funded project!

FIThydro addresses the decision support in commissioning and operating hydropower plants (HPP) by use of existing and innovative technologies. It concentrates on mitigation measures and strategies to develop cost-efficient environmental solutions and on strategies to avoid individual fish damage and enhancing population developments. Therefore HPPS all over Europe are involved as test sites. Method The […]

HYdro-POwer-Suite: Multi-function software for hydropower data collection and monitoring

The potential of hydropower, the biggest renewable energy source globally, remains largely unexploited. Assessing operational costs and ecological impact for new opportunities, requires accurate information on key environmental variables. The EU-funded HYPOS project will address this need. It will provide a suite of data analysis applications integrating Earth Observation technologies and modelling for the hydropower […]

XFLEX HYDRO: Hydropower Extending Power System Flexibility, an EU funded project!

The increasing integration of renewables in the electrical power system requires the provision of large amount of flexibility to guarantee a secure and optimal operation of the European grid. Hydropower plants already provide critical grid support and ancillary services. These are fast regulation and frequency control, fast start and stop times and ramping rates, fast […]

Which is the optimal design of a vertical slot fish pass? Can CFD be used for its optimization?

Fishways are hydraulic structures that allow passage of fish across obstructions in rivers. Vertical slot fishways—VSFs—are considered the most efficient and least selective type of technical fishway solutions. This is due to their ability to remain effective even when significant upstream and/or downstream water level fluctuations occur. The scope of the present study is to […]