Micro-hydro Design Manual

A Guide to Small-scale Water Power Schemes
Author: Adam Harvey,Andy Brown,Priyantha Hettiarachi,Allen Inversin
Publisher: Intermediate Technology
ISBN: 9781853391033
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 374
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Micro-Hydro Design Manual has grown from Intermediate Technology's field experiences with micro-hydro installations and covers operation and maintenance, commissioning, electrical power, induction generators, electronic controllers, management, and energy surveys.There is an increasing need in many countries for power supplies to rural areas, partly to support industries, and partly to provide illumination at night. Government authorities are faced with the very high costs of extending electricity grids. Often micro-hydro provides an economic alternative to the grid. This is because independentmicro-hydro schemes save on the cost of grid transmission lines, and because grid extension schemes often have very expensive equipment and staff costs. In contrast, micro-hydro schemes can be designed and built by local staff andsmaller organizations following less strict regulations and using 'off-the-shelf' components or locally made machinery.

Making Better Buildings

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors
Author: Jen Feigin,Chris Magwood
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925156
Category: Architecture
Page: 336
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Much has been written about the individual components of sustainable building, but how do you bring it all together into a well-designed whole? Drawing on extensive hands-on experience, Making Better Buildings systematically describes the real-world implications of the most popular green and natural building materials and techniques, objectively presenting the pros, cons and overall viability of each. An indispensable resource.

Planning and Installing Micro-Hydro Systems

A Guide for Designers, Installers and Engineers
Author: Chris Elliott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317813839
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 256
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An essential addition to the Earthscan Planning & Installing series, Planning and Installing Micro-Hydro Systems provides vital diagrams, pictures and tables detailing the planning and installing of a micro-hydro system, including information on the maintenance and economics once an installation is running. The book covers subjects such as measuring head and flow, ecological impacts, scheme layouts, practical advice, calculations and turbine choice. Archimedes screws are also covered in detail, as well as the main conventional choices relevant to small sites. Micro-hydro refers to hydropower systems with a power rating of 100kW or less. A 100kW system will produce 100 standard units of electricity in one hour. These systems have been popular in some sparsely populated or mountainous countries for a number of years, but now new technology, less stringent regulation of grid connected generators and standardised turbine designs are encouraging more widespread interest in micro-hydro in the developed world. The renewable energy sector is growing at a remarkable rate, and whilst much attention has so far focused on solar and wind technologies, Europe and elsewhere have great potential for generating power from small scale hydroelectric installations. This book is aimed at site owners, designers and consultants who are looking to develop schemes in the micro-hydro scale – 5 to 100kW – although the concepts are applicable to smaller and larger schemes.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design

A New Approach for Your Home and Garden
Author: Sue Reed
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 0865716536
Category: House & Home
Page: 304
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Save money and energy while adding natural beauty to your home.

Renewable Energy Systems

The Earthscan Expert Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies for Home and Business
Author: Dilwyn Jenkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136302743
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 264
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This book is the long awaited guide for anyone interested in renewables at home or work. It sweeps away scores of common misconceptions while clearly illustrating the best in renewable and energy efficiency technologies. A fully illustrated guide to renewable energy for the home and small business, the book provides an expert overview of precisely which sustainable energy technologies are appropriate for wide-spread domestic and small business application. The sections on different renewable energy options provide detailed descriptions of each technology along with case studies, installation diagrams and colour photographs, showing precisely what is possible for the average household. The chapter on how to select the renewable technology most appropriate for ordinary homes and businesses summarizes this analysis in a neat and easy to use table and demonstrates with examples exactly how to assess your local renewable resources. Renewable technologies covered include wood energy, wind power, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, passive solar, geothermal and air-to-air heat pumps as well as water or hydro based energy systems – plus the all-important subject of energy efficiency. Whilst written to be accessible to a wide audience, the book is targeted at readers who are keen to work with renewable technologies, students, building engineers, architects, planners, householders and home-owners.

Hands on Energy, Infrastructure and Recycling

Practical Innovations for a Sustainable World
Author: Emma Judge
Publisher: Intermediate Technology
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 222
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Appropriate green technologies are sometimes regarded as a second-rate solution but the series Innovations for a Sustainable World challenges this concept by presenting real-life examples of successful appropriate technological stories from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. All of the studies in these two books have been produced as a result of personal experience from somewhere in the world. Subjects covered in the series include success stories from agriculture, agro-processing, enterprise, energy, building and shelter, water and sanitation and recycling. Based on the Hands On series of video films prepared by the Television Trust for the Environment and broadcast on BBC World, these books promote appropriate innovations and environmentally sound solutions which can help reduce consumption. All of the new technologies and scientific breakthroughs described in the books can be applied by individuals and entrepreneurs at a reasonable cost to themselves and to the community. Some of the initiatives can be applied in the home, while others can be used by entrepreneurs to stimulate green business and small-scale enterprise. The books offer a range of suitable solutions for development professionals, NGOs, entrepreneurs and individuals who want to improve peoples livelihoods and the environment. They give practical advice and demonstrate a wide range of how to technologies including income-generating schemes in cities like Delhi and Dhaka, transport initiatives in Kathmandu and Copenhagen, and energy-saving projects in Addis Ababe and Beijing. Hands On - Energy, Infrastructure and Recycling covers innovations in energy and power, buildings, transport and re-use of materials.

Water lifting devices

a handbook for users and choosers
Author: Peter L. Fraenkel,Jeremy Thake,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,Practical Action (Organization),IT Power (Organization)
Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org
ISBN: 9789251054307
Category: Nature
Page: 337
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Efficient and effective irrigation of the land can have a dramatic effect on the agricultural output and the economic well-being of a community. At the heart of effective irrigation lies the problem of lifting or pumping water, and this handbook surveys the water-lifting technologies that are available and appropriate for smallholdings. It is a detailed and practical review of the options, especially for irrigation but also for other purposes, and the costs and general suitability of the different technologies are examined with the aim of enabling farmers and policymakers to make informed choices. This is an updated and expanded new edition of a book formerly called 'Water Pumping Devices'.

Electricity in Household and Micro-enterprises

Author: Joy Clancy,Lucy Redeby
Publisher: Intermediate Technology
Category: Political Science
Page: 104
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This book aims to provide help in gaining accessibility to electricity for those living in rural communities. The book begins with a brief introduction to the national grid and then focuses on some of the possibilities for independent production of electricity in quantities used by households, micro-enterprises and small communities.

Clean energy choices

tips on buying and using renewable energy at home
Author: United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Publisher: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 44
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Pumps as Turbines

A User's Guide
Author: Arthur Williams
Publisher: ITDG Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 70
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This second edition of the classic title on practical energy provision for isolated houses and remote locations has now been updated with a new chapter. Pumps as Turbine is a practical handbook for engineers and technicians involved in designing and installing small water-power schemes. It concerns the use of standard pump units as a low-cost alternative to conventional turbines to provide stand-alone electricity generation for isolated houses and remote communities. This second edition has been updated and extended to include a case study from a recent scheme installed in collaboration with ITDG Kenya. The pump selection process is described through this step-by-step example, where the site head would have been too low for a Pelton turbine. The case study demonstrates that now, possibly more than ever before, the use of pumps as turbines offers a reliable, low-cost option for rural electrification. Arthur Williams has been involved in micro-hydro research and development since 1987. While completing his PhD he worked with ITDG to set up successful pump-as-turbine demonstration schemes in the UK and Pakistan. He is now a senior lecturer at the Nottingham Trent University where he continues to work on micro- and pico-hydro power.

Information sources in engineering

Author: Ken W. Mildren,Peter J. Hicks
Publisher: K G Saur Verlag Gmbh & Co
ISBN: 9781857390575
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 772
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This guide presents an updated evaluation of sources - from reports & journals to bibliographies & reviews - for engineering information. Topics covered include energy technology, nuclear power engineering, fluid mechanics & fluid power systems, design & ergonomics, biomedical engineering, & more.