Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New method for estimating cost of small hydropower projects

Date:
August 17, 2010
Source:
American Institute of Physics
Summary:
Scientists have developed a method to assess the installation and operating costs of small hydroelectric power projects, which represent a potentially large but largely untapped source of energy for developing countries.

In developing countries such as India, small hydroelectric power (SHP) projects represent a potentially large but largely untapped source of energy, primarily because the cost of constructing the sites is thought to be higher per kilowatt of generated power than the cost of large plants.

But is it? To find out, Sunil Singal, Senior Scientific Officer at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India, developed a method, described in the American Institute of Physics' Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, to assess the installation and operating costs of small hydroelectric power projects known as dam toe SHP schemes.

"In a dam-based hydroelectric plant, a dam is constructed to store the seasonal water for power generation," explains Singal. Some dams, however, already exist for other purposes -- such as flood mitigation, irrigation, and drinking water production.

"These dams are not constructed for power generation, but when water flows from dam outlets under pressure, due to the water-level difference upstream and downstream of the dam, there is a possibility of power generation," he says. Singal's analysis of these projects suggests that they are indeed financially viable.

"The methodology can be used by developers to plan investment in such schemes," he says.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Institute of Physics. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Singal et al. Optimization of low-head, dam-toe, small hydropower projects. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2010; 2 (4): 043109 DOI: 10.1063/1.3464755

Cite This Page:

American Institute of Physics. "New method for estimating cost of small hydropower projects." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 August 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100817090800.htm>.
American Institute of Physics. (2010, August 17). New method for estimating cost of small hydropower projects. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100817090800.htm
American Institute of Physics. "New method for estimating cost of small hydropower projects." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100817090800.htm (accessed October 2, 2014).

Share This



More Matter & Energy News

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Japan Looks To Faster Future As Bullet Train Turns 50

Japan Looks To Faster Future As Bullet Train Turns 50

Newsy (Oct. 1, 2014) Japan's bullet train turns 50 Wednesday. Here's a look at how it's changed over half a century — and the changes it's inspired globally. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
US Police Put Body Cameras to the Test

US Police Put Body Cameras to the Test

AFP (Oct. 1, 2014) Police body cameras are gradually being rolled out across the US, with interest surging after the fatal police shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager. Duration: 02:18 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Japan Celebrates 'bullet Train' Anniversary

Raw: Japan Celebrates 'bullet Train' Anniversary

AP (Oct. 1, 2014) A ceremony marking 50 years since Japan launched its Shinkansen bullet train was held on Wednesday in Tokyo. The latest model can travel from Tokyo to Osaka, a distance of 319 miles, in two hours and 25 minutes. (Oct. 1) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Robotic Hair Restoration

Robotic Hair Restoration

Ivanhoe (Oct. 1, 2014) A new robotic procedure is changing the way we transplant hair. The ARTAS robot leaves no linear scarring and provides more natural results. Video provided by Ivanhoe
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins