Improving Design of Small Hydro Plants

by Edgar T. Moore, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


One objective of this paper is to show why certain features of many small hydro plants have given poor operational performance or experienced expensive maintenance problems. A second objective is to offer suggestions for executing designs that will perform well and require a minimum of maintenance. In particular, this paper looks at how well designed intakes and water conveyance features improve the operating performance of small hydro plants.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Maintenance | Water intakes | Hydraulic design | Wells (water) | Sediment

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