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Title: Dealing with the very small: first steps of a picohydro demonstration project in an university campus
Authors: Leite, V.
Figueiredo, Tomás de
Pinheiro, Tiago
Ferreira, Ângela P.
Batista, José
Keywords: Small-scale hydropower plants
Renewable energies
Hydro energy, distributed systems
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: European Association for the Development of Renewable Energies, Environment and Power Quality (EA4EPQ)
Citation: Leite, Vicente; Figueiredo, Tomás de; Pinheiro, Tiago; Ferreira, Ângela; Batista, José (2012) – Dealing with the very small: first steps of a picohydro demonstration project in an university campus. Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal. ISSN 2172-038X. 10, p. 683-685
Abstract: This paper presents the implementation, project and design of a small run-of-river hydropower plant, designed for demonstration purposes, under a Project aimed to be a framework of wide spread dissemination of renewable energies and energy efficiency in an University Campus. The details of the hydroelectric power plant, from the project design until the final use of the produced electric energy, are described. The main requirements of the implementation are presented, with regards to the environmental footprint and topography of the site and the adopted solutions are also described. Considering the demonstration purposes, two different electrical systems were installed in the power house: stand-alone and grid-connected. The latter establishes a case study in the development and application of picohydro power plants as microgeneration units in the context of distributed generation systems. The evaluation of both systems is also presented, based on the experimental results obtained from tests experiments and from monitoring the first months of operation at the site.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 2172-038X
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