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Development of Modified Pump Used as Turbine in Micro Hydro Plants

  • R. P. SainiEmail author
  • S. K. Singal
  • Imtiyaz Ali
Conference paper
Part of the Design Science and Innovation book series (DSI)

Abstract

In recent years, the use of turbines or pumps operating as turbines (PATs) has been proven to be a sustainable alternative for micro hydro plants. The off-the-shelf availability of water pumps and economic and technical advantages for installation, operation, and maintenance with respect the traditional turbines would make them an ideal technology for exploiting large portions of untapped hydro potential. However, pump as turbine (PAT) faces the problem of part load efficiency, which is a hurdle to a more widespread PAT implementation. In order to overcome this limitation, an attempt has been made to modify the centrifugal pump by providing guide vane around the impeller. Under the present study, this modified pump running in reverse mode is investigated experimentally. On the basis of results, it has been found that modified PAT yields better part load efficiency.

Keywords

Pump As Turbine (PAT) Hydropower Centrifugal pump Guide vanes Best Efficiency Point (BEP) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AHEC, IIT RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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