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MH101: Micro-Hydro Training - Micro-Hydro Design & Installation

This workshop will cover design considerations as they apply to both low and high head micro-hydro systems. The focus will be on core concepts that may be applied to a wide range of hydro applications. Participants perform preliminary system sizing for mechanical and electrical power generation of 50-watt to 100-kilowatt capacities. The course combines class lectures with site tours and lab exercises.

what you will learn

Participants perform preliminary system sizing for mechanical and electrical power generation of 50-watt to 100-kilowatt capacities. This workshop combines class lectures with site tours and lab exercises. Hands-on exercises include: methods of flow measurement, determining head, analyzing and assembling small functioning systems. The class is taught by two highly experienced Micro-hydro installers/instructors.

Topics Include:
• Learn safety procedures working with electricity
• Understand fundamental water hydraulics and hydrostatic pressures. Understand the difference between static and dynamic heads.
• Understand the various components of hydroelectric systems
• Identify the two major hydro turbine groups (reaction and impulse turbines)
• Learn the differences between AC and DC Systems
• Develop site analysis skills for measuring water flow and elevation difference (head)
• Review 6 different plan examples of hydroelectric system designs
• Learn battery design and energy storage techniques
• Understand controls for balancing energy production with energy loads
• Summarize troubleshooting procedures and resources
• Develop maintenance requirements both short and long term
• Learn integration techniques for hybrid solar, wind and hydroelectric systems
• Review 4 case studies using different turbine types
• Learn legal requirements for hydroelectric systems including FERC permits, water rights and stream alteration.

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  • Paonia, CO
    • May 11 2020 - May 15 2020
  • 5 Days
  • 40 hours/week

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