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Title: Ultra-low-head hydroelectric technology: A review

Abstract

In recent years, distributed renewable energy-generation technologies, such as wind and solar, have developed rapidly. Nevertheless, the utilization of ultra-low-head (ULH) water energy (i.e., situations where the hydraulic head is less than 3 m or the water flow is more than 0.5 m/s with zero head) has received little attention. We believe that, through technological innovations and cost reductions, ULH hydropower has the potential to become an attractive, renewable, and sustainable resource. This paper investigates potential sites for ULH energy resources, the selection of relevant turbines and generators, simplification of civil works, and project costs. This review introduces the current achievements on ULH hydroelectric technology to stimulate discussions and participation of stakeholders to develop related technologies for further expanding its utilization as an important form of renewable energy.

Authors:
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  1. (Daniel)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1356508
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-125842
Journal ID: ISSN 1364-0321
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Journal Volume: 78
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhou, Daqing, and Deng, Zhiqun. Ultra-low-head hydroelectric technology: A review. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.086.
Zhou, Daqing, & Deng, Zhiqun. Ultra-low-head hydroelectric technology: A review. United States. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.086.
Zhou, Daqing, and Deng, Zhiqun. Sun . "Ultra-low-head hydroelectric technology: A review". United States. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.086.
@article{osti_1356508,
title = {Ultra-low-head hydroelectric technology: A review},
author = {Zhou, Daqing and Deng, Zhiqun},
abstractNote = {In recent years, distributed renewable energy-generation technologies, such as wind and solar, have developed rapidly. Nevertheless, the utilization of ultra-low-head (ULH) water energy (i.e., situations where the hydraulic head is less than 3 m or the water flow is more than 0.5 m/s with zero head) has received little attention. We believe that, through technological innovations and cost reductions, ULH hydropower has the potential to become an attractive, renewable, and sustainable resource. This paper investigates potential sites for ULH energy resources, the selection of relevant turbines and generators, simplification of civil works, and project costs. This review introduces the current achievements on ULH hydroelectric technology to stimulate discussions and participation of stakeholders to develop related technologies for further expanding its utilization as an important form of renewable energy.},
doi = {10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.086},
journal = {Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews},
number = ,
volume = 78,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}