Two New Machines for Ultra Low-Head Hydropower

by Eric Montgomery Wilson, Univ of Salford, Salford, England,
David Edge Bassett, Univ of Salford, Salford, England,
Ian David Jones, Univ of Salford, Salford, England,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


This paper outlines the development of two new types of positive displacement ultra low-head hydropower machines, the AUR Water Engine (AURWE) and the Salford Transverse Oscillator (STO). The machines are designed to operate at heads in the range 0. 5-3m, which are generally considered too low for economic development using conventional hydro-electric equipment. They have potential for development at run-of-river and tidal sites with installed capacities in the range 5kW to 10MW.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Head (fluid mechanics) | Power plants | Water discharge | Engines | Oscillations | People movers

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