• HYDROKINETIC ECO-POWER SYSTEM FOR ULTRA LOW HEAD WATER STREAMS

    PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2019-3247

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Objectives.


This project proposes a power energy technology which is interrelated with the current research trends at national and international level, being in line with the European Union research priorities, aiming to respond to at least four R&D challenges: development of ecological turbines with very low environmental impact using permanent magnets generators; improvements in the construction material for the turbine’s moving part using lighter, low cost and more resistant alternatives; development of improved low speed direct-drive generator suitable for low heads; development of improved generators through the use of permanent magnets generators to small hydro applications. Generating electricity only from the kinetic energy of water arises as a possible solution for use in low power applications, like in natural protected areas or in remote communities. With little power generally available from most river systems in which head may be quite small, the research challenges in small hydrokinetic turbines are now focused on developing hydropower systems capable of generating from tens to hundreds of watts.   The proposed technological concept, entitled “Hydrokinetic eco - Power System for Ultra Low Head Water Streams” (HyPER) will generate electrical power by using the kinetic energy of ultra-low head water streams, without damaging the existing ecosystem.  This technical concept is based on the combination of the classical elements hydraulic turbine and permanent magnets generator (TRL2), with a positive environmental impact, studied for the first time in a novel, compact assembly. The developed experimental model consisting in: hydrokinetic turbine with a shrouded runner, shaftless-coupled in the same casing with a permanent magnets generator and equipped with a flow mixing diffuser will be tested in the laboratory conditions for the validation of the technology (TRL4).

Fig. 1. Conceptual model of the HyPER system

O1 – Defining the solution and designing the components of the power system;
O2 – Physical development of the components using modern manufacturing techniques (3D printing);
O3 – Testing the assemble that forms the experimental model;
O4 – Experimental validation of the technology through laboratory testing of the model; comparison with the preliminary values;
O5 – Dissemination of the results.

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CONSORTIUM.


Coordinator.

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Diana Maria BUCUR, Project Manager
E-mail: diana.bucur@upb.ro / dmbucur@yahoo.com

Partner 1.

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering, ICPE-CA
Dr. Bunea Florentina, P1 Leader.

Partner 2.

Smart Mechanics SRL
Dr. Ion Fuiorea, P2 leader.

Meet Our Team.


Diana Maria Bucur

Project Manager

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Georgiana Dunca

Researcher

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Andrei Dragomirescu

Researcher

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Gabriel Lazaro Pavel

Reseracher

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Sorin Draghici

Postdoctoral researcher

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Ionut Stelian Grecu

PhD. student

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Robert Mitrut

PhD. student

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest - Faculty of Power Engineering / Department of Hydraulic, Hydraulic Machinery and Environmental Engineering





Florentina Bunea

P1 Leader

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Nedelcu Adrian

Postdoctoral researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Constantin Dumitru

Researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Chihaia Rares

Postdoctoral researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Nicolae Tanase

Researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Ovezea Dragos

Researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Babutanu Corina

Researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Sorescu Florea

Tehnician

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Paraschiv Gheorghe

Tehnician

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Paul Danca

Postdoctoral researcher

National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering





Ion Fuiorea

P2 Leader

Smart Mechanics SRL





Mihail Stoicescu

Researcher

Smart Mechanics SRL





Robert Oprica

PhD. stud/Researcher

Smart Mechanics SRL





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