Optimal Design of Small-Scale Hydro Projects

by Trevor C. Hughes, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,
Rangesan Narayanan, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


A nonlinear programming model is developed in this study to determine optimal pipe size, the type and number of turbines and the installed capacity for small scale hydro projects. The objective function is the value of energy net of capital costs. This non-linear function is maximized subject to constraints on streamflow availabilities, pipe velocity and generator-turbine capacities. The model application is illustrated for a case study.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Power plants | Hydro power | Scale models | Hydrologic models | Pipelines | Construction management | Assets

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