Experimental Test and Feasibility Study of a Micro In-Pipe Hydro Power Generator at a University Building

Teruhisa Kumano, Kotomi Matsunawa, Ryusuke Nishiyama

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Abstract

Micro-hydro power generation is a key technology in the future renewable energy based society. This paper reports a laboratory experiment and a feasibility study in case that small power generators are set in pipes of drainage water system. Several types of rotors are fabricated by a 3D printer and installed in a micro scale experimental set. Experimental results show that 39.6% of efficiency can be very likely achieved without MPPT control. Using the efficiency value, expected output power of the study system is evaluated which will be installed in a university building of 11 stories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-385
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC-PapersOnLine
Volume51
Issue number28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • design optimization
  • drainage water
  • in-pipe hydro power generation
  • micro-hydro generator
  • numerical simulation
  • physical experiment
  • voltage regulation

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