Economical Computer Controls for Low Head Hydro

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by Rakesh Thapar, Boston Univ, Boston, MA, USA,
David A. Perreault, Boston Univ, Boston, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85:

Abstract: Small power systems based on renewable energy sources such as low head water falls, wind, solar and ocean tides all suffer from stochastic changes in input power. Economically viable, low cost optimal control and management of such systems in a stable fashion requires nonconventional solutions and techniques. A low cost distributed microprocessor based controller for stable speed and voltage control, unit protection, operation and metering for a stand alone micro hydel hybrid system is being developed.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Solar power | Wind power | Control systems | Energy infrastructure | Head (fluid mechanics) | Economic factors |

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