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

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.
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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)

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ALSTOM HYDRO FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 410 800

ANDRITZ HYDRO GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 220 950

ANDRITZ Hydro AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 171 500

VOITH HYDRO HOLDING GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 361 200

POWER VISION ENGINEERING SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 217 800

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 489 732

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 341 690

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 347 600

HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 136 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608532

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    28 February 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 294 644,40

  • EU contribution

    € 4 325 542

Coordinated by:

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland