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Hydropower Research: Capstone Projects

The following table provides links to student hydropower research work. In addition to the research presented below, the hydro STEM portal also hosts research conducted through the Hydropower Foundation's Research Awards Program , which was designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in research and careers in conventional or pumped storage hydropower, and university research . Click in the header cells below to sort the table columns.

Title Author University Capstone Objective Link to File
Analysis of Reservoir‐Based Hydroelectric versus Run‐of‐River Hydroelectric Energy Production Cassie Modal, Morgan Solomon, Britton Tew, Cameron Gerhman, and Caleb Lehner Montana State University Using a three-pronged approach consisting of economic, ecological, and social standards, this paper will attempt to prove that hydropower is the most viable renewable energy source compared to other renewable sources such as wind and solar. Link
Low-Head Micro-Hydroelectric Demonstration Project at a Former Grist Mill Site Design and build a small “run-of-the-stream” turbine for a former mill brook to: 1) Generate individual household power with a clean, sustainable, and locally available resource as a demonstration project for the community, and 2) Research and document power usage and storage requirements. Link
Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Project Model Development and Scenario Chris Berger, Scott A. Wells, Vanessa Wells Portland State University To perform the following tasks: 1) Develop a hydrodynamic and water quality model of the reservoir formed by the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric project, and 2) Develop and run modeling scenarios. Link
Alternative Energy Solutions: Hydroelectric and Tidal Energy Neslihan Yildirim American University To encourage the use of renewable energy resources by providing detailed information on the scientific, economic, and political backgrounds of two types of renewable energy resources: hydroelectric and tidal energy. Link
Hydropower Planning: Multi-Horizon Modeling and Its Applications Hubert Abgottspon ETH Zurich To propose a novel modeling framework, the multi-horizon modeling approach, that allows a detailed and transparent modeling of many problems in hydropower planning by simultaneously being computationally very efficient. The models are applied in the thesis to pumped storage hydropower plants in a liberalized market environment to give decision support for the self-scheduling of them. Link
Dynamic Modeling and Environmental Analysis of Hydrokinetic Energy Extraction Veronica Miller University of Pittsburgh Governing principles of hydrokinetic energy extraction are presented, along with a two-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of the system. Power extraction methods are compared, and verification and validation of the CFD model through mesh sensitivity and experimental data are presented. Link
Local and Non-local Geomorphic Effects of Hydrokinetic Turbines: Bridging Renewable Energy and River Morphodynamics Mirko Musa University of Minnesota Rivers are currently an overlooked source of local and continuous kinetic energy that can be exploited using the available in-stream converters technology. The uncertainties regarding the interaction between these devices and the surrounding environment complicate the regulatory permitting processes, slowing down the expansion of MHK industry. A crucial issue that needs further attention is the interaction between these devices and the physical fluvial environment such as the bathymetry, sediment transport, and the associated morphodynamic processes. Analytical and experimental research conducted at Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) addressed this topic, unveiling the local and non-local (far from the device location) effects of hydrokinetic turbines on channel bathymetry and morphology. Link
Power Generation of Two Model Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines in a Tandem Array Configuration Giulio Soliani Bucknell University This laboratory study centered on the interaction of two model marine hydrokinetic turbines arranged in a stream-wise tandem configuration. The goal was to determine the effect of an upstream turbine on the performance of the downstream turbine. Specifically, the study focused on the changes in power generation that occurred as the stream-wise spacing between devices was varied. Link

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