Lab-scale experiments of new MHP turbines for market deployment
Pumps as Turbines (PATs) are a family of unconventional reaction water turbines hydraulically similar to Francis units. Unlike conventional water turbines, water pumps are mass manufactured and available off-the-shelf in a large variety of sizes and types, besides being cost-effective and reliable.
Since the cost of purchasing the turbine+generator unit typically represents for hydro schemes in the "micro" scale (i.e. P < 100 kW) the majority of project costs, the adoption of PATs could make economically viable a large number of energy recovery sites in water infrastructures.
In order to validate the developed PAT sizing software, an experimental PAT testing facility has been built in the spaces of Simon Perry Building in Trinity College, Dublin.