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HYdropower plants PERformance and flexiBle Operation towards Lean integration of new renewable Energies

Objective

In the recent years due to tremendous development and integration of renewable energy resources in Europe, hydraulic turbines and pump-turbines are key technical components to contribute to renewable energy production and to compensate for the stochastic nature of the variable energy sources, preserving thus the electrical grid stability.

As a result, the overarching objective of the project is the enhanced hydropower plant value by extending the flexibility of its operating range, while also improving its long-term availability. More specifically, the project aims to study the hydraulic, mechanical and electrical dynamics of several hydraulic machines configurations – fresh and seawater turbines, reversible pump-turbines – under an extended range of operations : from overload to deep part load. A two-pronged modelling approach will rely on numerical simulations as well as reduced-scale physical model tests. Upon suitable concurrence between simulations and reduced-scale physical models results, validation will take place on carefully selected physical hydropower plants properly equipped with monitoring systems.

To address this ambitious research plan, a consortium has been assembled featuring three leading hydraulic turbines, storage pumps, reversible pump-turbine and electric equipment manufacturers, SME, as well as world-renowned academic institutions. Extensive tests both on both experimental rigs and real power plants will be performed in order to validate the obtained methodological and numerical results.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2013-1
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Coordinator

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 628 270
Administrative Contact
François Avellan (Prof.)

Participants (9)

GE HYDRO FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 410 800
Address
204 Rond Point Du Pont De Sevres
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julie Cournut (Ms.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 220 950
Address
Eibesbrunnergasse 20
1120 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johann Hell (Mr.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 171 500
Address
Obernauerstrasse 4
6010 Kriens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mirjam Sick (Dr.)
VOITH HYDRO HOLDING GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 361 200
Address
Alexanderstrasse 11
89522 Heidenheim An Der Brenz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jiri Koutnik (Dr.)
POWER VISION ENGINEERING SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 217 800
Address
Chemin Des Champs Courbes 1
1024 Ecublens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Nicolet (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 489 732
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercè Torrellas (Ms.)
INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 341 690
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marta Barbas (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 347 600
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Riedelbauch (Prof.)
HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 136 000
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cécile Münch-Alligné (Dr.)