18th International Seminar on Hydropower Plants 2014 Vienna

  • Conference Call
  • 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.


    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.


    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
    starting: ending: 28.11.2014 Location: , Category:


    Conference START 28.11.2014 END

    All deadlines have expired!

    This conference has no more open deadlines. There may be successive conferences coming up you may by interested in.

    Please check our conference list and search...

    Conference Facts

    Location , Address Schloßplatz 1 Category Organiser More Info Conference Website

    Further interesting Conferences

    Currently we have no similar events listed. Please check our website regulary, subscribe to our RSS-Feed or follow us on twitter for new listings.