Development of decision support systems for MHP energy recovery
The proper design of Micro-Hydropower energy recovery schemes within water networks poses great challenges. How to ensure that the planned scheme will not disrupt the prime aim of a network, i.e. delivering drinking water in a reliable and uniform way? And how to correctly size the equipment to achieve the optimal balance between carbon savings and economic benefits?
The proposed approach is a probabilistic one, taking into account from the early stages of a project its inherent sources of uncertainty (e.g. how the water flow rate and pressure could vary along the 20+ lifespan of the scheme, or how well a turbine will perform in its working environment with respect to its theoretical characteristics.