Simplified Model for Micro-Hydro Feasibilityby Oner Yucel, Virginia Polytechnic Inst &, State Univ, Blacksburg, VA, USA,
Ronald L. Schikevitz, Virginia Polytechnic Inst &, State Univ, Blacksburg, VA, USA,
Abstract: A computer model was developed for evaluating the preliminary hydraulic and economic feasibility of potential micro-hydro development sites. Among the main objectives of the model are to help determine if the potential development warrants a more comprehensive feasibility study, and to identify a series of types and general characteristics of the equipment that are likely to be appropriate for the system considered. The model utilizes various evaluation criteria and formulations based on a relatively wide-range data compiled from several existing micro-scale installations and vendors of applicable equipment, as well as the fundamental concepts and principles of hydropower engineering. The model consists mainly of two segments one handles the hydraulic and power generation evaluations, the other determines the economic feasibility of each of the system alternatives conceptualized.
Subject Headings: Feasibility studies | Hydro power | Hydraulic models | Computer models | Economic factors | Model analysis | Equipment and machinery | Data processing
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