Energy Conservation. Humans have used the power of flowing water for thousands of years. Early civilizations used wooden paddle wheels to grind corn and wheat to flour.
Hydroelectric energy is the most widely used form of renewable energy, accounting for 16 percent of global electricity consumption. This book is primarily based on theoretical and applied results obtained by the authors during a long time of practice devoted to problems in the design and operation of a significant number of hydroelectric power plants in different countries. It was preferred to edi
Hydroelectric power stations are a major source of electricity around the world; understanding their dynamics is crucial to achieving good performance. The most important dynamic features are discussed, and the verification of these models by hardware in the loop simulation is described. To show how the performance of a pump-storage hydroelectric power station can be improved, classical and modern controllers are applied to simulated models of the Dinorwig power plant.
Submitted: January 23rd Published: July 26th Renewable Hydropower Technologies. For many years, hydroelectric power has been considered as one of the most efficient and magnificent sources of power generation.
Hydropower provides a complete discussion of the most up-to-date considerations of this method of creating renewable energy. The book then presents various types of hydropower systems, such as Run-of-River Schemes and various types of Dam and Turbines, also considering the important economic, environmental and geological impacts of each. Those involved in the planning, design and management of hydropower systems, such as engineers, researchers, managers and policymakers will find this book a very valuable and insightful resource.
The authors have tried to strike a balance between a short book chapter and a very detailed book for subject experts. There are three prime reasons behind for doing so: first, the field is quite interdisciplinary and requires simplified presentation for a person from non-parent discipline. The second reason for this short-version of a full book is that both the authors have seen students and technically oriented people, who were searching for this type of book on hydro energy.
Since ancient times, hydropower from many kinds of watermills has been used as a renewable energy source for irrigation and the operation of various mechanical devices, such as gristmillssawmillstextile mills, trip hammersdock cranesdomestic liftsand ore mills. A trompewhich produces compressed air from falling water, is sometimes used to power other machinery at a distance. In the late 19th century, hydropower became a source for generating electricity.