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Ishola, Felix and Kilanko, O. O and Inegbenebor, A.O. (2019) DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF A MODEL PICO SIZE PELTON WHEEL TURBINE. International Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology, 10 (5). pp. 727-739. ISSN 0976-6316

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A hydropower generation is an ancient but evergreen energy source that utilises mechanical energy of water strolling down from an elevated head to drive an electric generator thus producing electricity. Small Hydropower (SMH) turbines are rotated by a relatively low-pressure head and usually generates low energy output usually referred to as mini, micro or Pico energy range. Pelton Turbines are generally found to be amongst the most suitable for a low flow power generation. This study focuses on the design of a model Pico size Pelton Wheel modified to use the velocity of water harvested from rooftops during rainfall for the purpose of supplementing energy supply. By the design, the rainwater from the building rooflines are collected and passed through the downspouts into an elevated tank and then the height of the bottom of the tank gives the required head (pressure) to spin the microturbine and then generates a Pico level energy. The Pico size hydropower system directly connected to a small, variable speed, an electric generator which is capable of supplying the power needed for some minimal but very essential functions like charging handsets, mini gadgets and low energy lighting purposes. Specific design calculations, as well as analysis of the model Pico size energy system, was performed to ascertain the feasibility of the design meeting some specified energy needs, thus reducing energy poverty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design, Rainwater harvest, Micro Grid, Pico Turbine, Hydropower
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2021 12:01
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2021 12:01

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