Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Practical Action (December 1, 1993)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 11.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #166,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Energy Production & Extraction > Alternative & Renewable > Hydroelectric #6 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Energy Production & Extraction > Power Systems #17 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Electrical & Electronics > Electric Machinery & Motors
This highly rated manual, covers just about every practical and tangible theoretical introduction to the full design and/up to implementation cycle of MH projects, all in about 370 pages. It is important that it was written and amply illustrated not only with detailed schematics, but also with actual pictures from original installations in developing countries, which makes a viable aid in comprehending the "actual picture". The chapters covered detail a syllabus in: Components and Design of an MH Scheme, Cost benefit estimations, Hydrology and site survey, Flow prediction, Civil works and operational parts (all aspects from Weirs to Penstocks), Commercial engineering, Turbines (including reverse pumps), Governing, Drive systems, a very thorough presentation of the -cumbersome- Electrical Power System aspects, along with Operational, Maintenance, Financial and Commissioning aspects. Should there be something more for an engineer to wish for, would be more info on turbines -something you would expect to find in a specialized book on the subject anyway. The book should provide a valuable asset not only to MH engineers, but to Renewable Energy Technology engineers as well, since it is progressively becoming apparent that a combination of RET along with Pumped Storage and MH, presents a highly attractive opportunity for both developed and developing countries
This book describes all the aspects involved in gettting a micro hydro plant running. It has the right blend of "The birds eye view" on the subject, very useful to people, new to the subject as well as "earth worm view": You can use this use this book as a guide to select the right kind of drive pulley for you plant.
This is not what I was looking for. This is a Book for someone who is putting in hydro for a small town or village, not a personal use.
I'm a civil engineer involved in the design of large hydropower plants.This book is a complete guide on the design of a micro-hydropower scheme, particularly well suited if the scheme is located in a developing country.The books cover all subjects ranging from the preliminary studies to the final design of the civil works and of the EM equipment to the maintenance works.It is well written and full of photos and examples.Please buy it if you're involved in the design of small hydropower.The only small suggestion I can do to the author is to introduce some more calculation examples.
Very good book that gives you a complete coverage of all the different things that will be involved in building or setting-up a Micro-Hydro power generating plant.It covers from what's electrical power, what are the different kinds of water to energy equipments, how to evaluate if your investment will be profitable, the different kind of generators availiable, power transmission and so on, very complete and explained in simple terms so that anyone can get the correct idea of what is involved in a Micro-Hydro.Usefull for any person, asociation or organization that wants to set up a Micro-Hydro. A good selection to buy.
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