Design of Microhydro or Small-Scale Hydroelectric Systems
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This one hour online course will explain the basic system components and site requirements for microhydro electric systems.
The vast majority of the hydropower produced in the United States comes from large-scale projects that generate more than 30 megawatts (MW)-enough electricity to power nearly 30,000 households.
Small-scale hydropower systems are those that generate between .01 to 30 MW of electricity. Hydropower systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity are often called microhydro systems. Most of the systems used by home and small business owners would qualify as microhydro systems. In fact, a 10 kW system generally can provide enough power for a large home, a small resort, or a hobby farm.
This course is
based entirely on Small Hydropower Systems- Publication DOE/GO-102001-1173 FS217
July 2001 - Published by the U.S. Department of Energy. This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.
This course will review the hydropower principles, present applications, and various design criteria. At the completion of this course the student will have reviewed the following topics
This course is intended for engineers interested in learning about small-scale and microhydro electric systems.
Benefit for Attendee
Attendee of this course will be able to evaluate site conditions for the feasibility of a small-scale, or microhydro electric systems.
This course will
review the hydropower principles, present applications, and various design criteria.
This course is based entirely on the Small Hydropower Systems- Publication DOE/GO-102001-1173 FS217 July 2001 - Published by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The link to the course materials is as follows:
You need to open or download above document to study this course.
be able to evaluate a site for the feasibility of a small-scale or microhydro
electric system. The engineer should be familiar with the basic operation and
components of small-scale or microhydro electric systems after completing this