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This project involved the installation of a turbine coupled to a generator on a supply structure from a reservoir, to harness hydraulic power in a head which is presently dissipated. The Bimont dam is situated close to Aix-en-Provence. It is a Canal de Provence structure, fed by a penstock through an existing structure. The generator power is 400 kW and the annual energy produced will be 2,400,000 kWh. The difficulties and the risks involved in such a project are: (i) the use of unsophisticated equipment (turbine, gates); (ii) the adaption of the machine (Kaplan turbine) with adjustable blades to the existing small-scale structure; (iii) the integration of the turbine operation into the centralised canal control system operated by the Canal de Provence. The experience acquired shows that the integration of small hydro power plants into existing hydraulic structures presents certain technical difficulties of installation and adjustment, but once these difficulties have been overcome, perfectly satisfactory results can be achieved.

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Authors: SOCIÉTÉ DU CANAL DE PROVENCE ET D'AMÉNAGEMENT DE LA RÉGION PROVENÇALE, Société du canal de Provence et d'aménagement de la région provençale, Aix-en-Provence (FR);SOCIETE DU CANAL DE PROVENCE ET D'AMENAGEMENT DE LA REGION PROVENCALE, Societe du canal de Provence et d'amenagement de la region provencale, Aix-en-Provence (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15015 FR/EN (1993) 87 pp., FS, ECU 11.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-6603-4
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