18th International Seminar on Hydropower Plants 2014 Vienna

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  • Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful 17th Sem­i­nar in 2012 (with about 350 par­tic­i­pants) the Insti­tute for Energy Sys­tems and Ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, Research group “Fluid-​Flow machin­ery” and the “Insti­tute for Test­ing and Research (LTD)” at the Vienna Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy — TU Wien (TUW) in Aus­tria are orga­niz­ing the oncom­ing 18th Inter­na­tional Sem­i­nar on Hydropower Plants in Lax­en­burg, Aus­tria on Novem­ber 26 – 28, 2014.

    Objectives

    Hydropower is the first, largest and most effi­cient renew­able energy source. It ful­fils addi­tional needs such as CO2 sav­ings, energy stor­age, flood con­trol, irri­ga­tion, water sup­ply and sus­tain­able eco­nomic and social devel­op­ment. But gen­er­a­tion and con­sump­tion of elec­tric­ity do not always run together concurrently.

    Power fluc­tu­a­tions due to inter­mit­tency of volatile renew­able ener­gies become more impor­tant with increased pen­e­tra­tion of wind and solar power plants in the elec­tric­ity grid.

    Pumped stor­age power plants are ide­ally suited in help­ing to even out these fre­quent changes between elec­tric­ity short­ages and sur­pluses, not only on the day – night basis. Pumped stor­age is the best proven, eco­nom­i­cally viable and large-​scale way of energy storage.

    Nev­er­the­less, this means new inno­va­tions and devel­op­ment needs for the future to ful­fill the expected require­ments. Start­ing at the low­est level we have to take care about the con­tin­u­ous improve­ments of the cycle effi­ciency or the avail­abil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity at exist­ing hydropower plants. New ideas for more chal­leng­ing sites are also one step for­ward on this way. For exam­ple very high or very low head sites, small decen­tral­ized pumped stor­age plants can be taken into account. Last but not least the upgrad­ing of exist­ing hydropower plants by vari­able speed machines shows a new opportunity.

    The objec­tive of the com­ing con­fer­ence is to present, dis­cuss and expe­ri­ence exchange future trends and needs in the field of Hydropower.

    Topics

    The main theme of this sem­i­nar is the advanced tech­nolo­gies con­cern­ing hydraulic machin­ery and sys­tems, which will con­tribute to enhance the sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of water resources and hydropower pro­duc­tion. The top­ics to be cov­ered by this sem­i­nar include R&D, Numer­i­cal Analy­sis, Design, Oper­a­tion, Mon­i­tor­ing, etc. as set out below:

    Design and numer­i­cal cal­cu­la­tion of hydraulic components

    • New equip­ment and infra­struc­ture design
    • Numer­i­cal inves­ti­ga­tions of hydraulic and elec­tri­cal components
    • Effi­ciency increase
    • Cav­i­tat­ing flows and erosion
    • Unsteady flow phe­nom­ena in hydraulic machines
    • Envi­ron­men­tal issues in tur­bine design

    Coat­ing trends of hydraulic components

    • Coat­ing of hydraulic components
    • Expe­ri­ence of coated components
    • New mate­ri­als and man­u­fac­tur­ing processes

    Com­pu­ta­tional and exper­i­men­tal techniques

    • Mod­els, algo­rithms and code devel­op­ment in hydrodynamics
    • Sim­u­la­tion and analy­sis of cav­i­tat­ing and multi-​phase flows
    • Flow sta­bil­ity and control
    • Vibra­tions and fluid struc­ture interactions
    • Exper­i­men­tal mea­sure­ment and analysis
    • Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design optimization

    Hydraulic sys­tems and tran­sient behaviour

    • Machine and Plant behaviour
    • Change of oper­a­tional point
    • Impact of pri­mary reg­u­la­tion on the grid stability
    • Flow Mea­sure­ments
    • Numer­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions of infra­struc­ture behaviour

    Reha­bil­i­ta­tion of hydropower plant and exist­ing machines

    • Reha­bil­i­ta­tion techniques
    • Best prac­tice
    • Reha­bil­i­ta­tion projects

    Intel­li­gent con­trol systems

    • Self learn­ing systems
    • Advanced instru­men­ta­tion

    Oper­a­tion and maintenance

    • Main­te­nance strate­gies and cost reduction
    • Mon­i­tor­ing, diag­no­sis, opti­miza­tion and pre­dic­tive main­te­nance systems
    • Effi­ciency and vibra­tion mea­sure­ment and analysis
    • Dys­func­tions, fail­ure analy­sis, accidents

    Pumped storage

    • Tech­ni­cal innovations
    • Projects
    • Oper­a­tion
    • Hydro in Syn­ergy with Other Renewables
    • Smart stor­age

    Small hydro and very low head turbine

    • Tech­ni­cal inno­va­tions and engi­neer­ing solutions
    • Drink­ing water turbining
    • Irri­ga­tion turbining
    • Reserved flow of large Hydropower plants turbining
    • Small hydro in pro­tected areas
    • Smart grid machines and developments

    Hydro­ki­netic turbines

    • Research, Devel­op­ment & Innovations
    • In-​stream /​Ultra Low Head Systems
    • Deployed Projects: Expe­ri­ences from Across the Globe

    Sus­tain­abil­ity aspects

    • Frame­work
    • Guide­lines
    • Best prac­tice in projects Envi­ron­men­tal issues: gree­house gases from reser­voirs, river basin considerations
    • Social and stake­holder management

    Con­fer­ence and Pro­gram Chair

    • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Chris­t­ian BAUER – Vienna Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Insti­tute for Energy Sys­tems and Ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, RG Fluid-​Flow Machin­ery, AUSTRIA
    • Dr. Ste­fan BURTSCHER – Insti­tute for Test­ing and Research Ltd (TVFA — TU WIEN), AUSTRIA

    Inter­na­tional Review­ing Board

    • Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna BAJRACHARYA – Trib­hu­van Uni­ver­sity Kath­mandu, Cen­tre for Energy Stud­ies (CES), NEPAL
    • Dipl.-Ing. Oliver HAUPT – KfW-​Development Bank, Senior Expert Hydro Power, GERMANY
    • Dr.-Ing. Stephan HEIMERL – FICHT­NER Water & Trans­porta­tion GmbH, Head Hydraulic Engi­neer­ing Stuttgart, GERMANY
    • Prof. Toshi­aki KANEMOTO – Kyushu Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Fac­ulty of Engi­neer­ing, JAPAN
    • Prof. Håkan NILS­SON – Chalmers Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Depart­ment of Thermo and Fluid Dynam­ics, SWEDEN
    • Dr. Klaus SCHNEI­DER – Schluchseew­erk AG, GERMANY
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