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[en] The out-of-court settlement of the case between the Greens and Thuringian state government over the construction of VEAG's Goldisthal pumped storage power plant and the agreed setting up of a fund for renewable energy projects are reported. Expenditure on the Goldisthal scheme and the project design are discussed. (UK)
[en] Possible ways to improve the energy efficiency of hydroelectric generating sets of pumped-storage power plants (PSPPs) are studied. The Kiev PSPP is used as an example to show how its generating sets can be upgraded. It is concluded based on studies conducted that synchronous motor-generators should be replaced with asynchronized motor-generators. The feasibility of changing over the turbine to variable-speed operation is shown
[en] During commissioning of YiXing pump turbine (Jiangsu province, China) by - at the time - GE Energy Hydro a number of guide vane vibration issues occurred. An investigation was launched to determine the root causes of these vibration incidents including analysis of site measurement data from the incidents and a Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study. Several interesting hydro-dynamic phenomena were discovered during the course of this investigation, notably circumferentially synchronized and amplified von Karman vortices at the guide vane trailing edges in pump mode, unexpected flow attachment to the guide vane trailing edge pump mode resulting in bi-stable flow conditions and a self-excited torsion mode flutter vibration. The latter two phenomena explain the vibration incidents at site. The CFD study helped in identifying and quantifying the geometric parameters that influence torsion mode flutter and therefore enabled a targeted modification of the guide vane profile that is stable with respect to self-excitation. Between May 2009 and April 2010 the modified guide vanes were - now by Andritz Hydro Ltd. - installed in all 4 units of the YiXing pumped storage plant and proved to be successful in eliminating the vibration problems. Opening and closing sequences of the guide vanes - including pump start from closed guide vanes and transition from pump to synchronous condenser operation - could be implemented as required by the contract.
[en] This work addresses a new framework for self-scheduling of an individual price-taker pumped-storage plant in a day-ahead (DA) market. The goal is achieving the best trade-off between the expected profit and the risks when the plant participates in DA energy, spinning reserve and regulation markets. In this paper, a set of uncertainties including price forecasting errors and also the uncertainty of power delivery requests in the ancillary service markets are contemplated. Considering these uncertainties, a new approach is proposed which is called dynamic self-scheduling (DSS). This risk-constrained dynamic self-scheduling problem is therefore formulated and solved as a mixed integer programming (MIP) problem. Numerical results for a case study are discussed.
[en] During the exploitation period (1992-1993) of one hydroagregate unit of the Kruonis Hydro Pumped Storage (HPS) the lower basin of the Kaunas Water Reservoir (Kauno Marios) fish species, their dimensions and age were found to change insignificantly as compared with the background data of the previous years (1989-1991). These changes can be associated with the peculiarities of natural conditions. At the current velocity 9-10 cm/s the penetration of young fish and their larvae into the hydroagregates of HPS was observed. At the end of summer, the abundance of fish larvae in the reverse canal before the unit started operating made up 41.3, during the pumping period - 51.3, at discharge time - 30.5 spec./100 m3. The greater part of the 'pumped in' fish accumulated in the upper basin. The rest ones, having passed through aggregates, penetrated into the reverse canal and came back into the lower basin. When operating one unit at the regime of 'pump', the injuries of young fish do not exceed 3-5%. The larger the fish the more often the injuries. The main injuries were mechanical or associated with fluctuations of pressure. 12 refs., 4 figs
[en] Hydropower plant that has been in operation for about 30 years has to be reconstructed. They have already installed 12 Kaplan turbines, the largest in the world at that time. The existing CAM relationship was determined based on hydraulic model tests and checked by efficiency on-site tests. It was also tested based on turbine bearing vibrations. In order to discover vibrations and long cracks on stay vanes detailed on-site measurements were performed. Influence of the modification of the trailing edges on the dynamic stresses of the stay vanes is also shown. In order to improve power output transient regimes were analyzed, both experimentally and numerically. Reversible hydropower plant, a pioneer in Europe since it was the first Pump storage power plant constructed with the highest head pump-turbines in the world. Analyses of transient regimes discover some problems with S-shaped characteristics coupled with non-symmetrical penstock
[en] The current development of modern pump storage plants aims towards a higher flexibility in operation, an extended operation range of the hydraulic machine, especially in the pumping mode, and a higher reliability. A major design target for state-of-the-art reversible Francis-type pump turbines is to find an optimal balance between pumping and generating performance. The pumping requirements are the crucial design drivers, since, even if the turbine mode performance is world class, the success of a project depends on the pump turbine delivering the required maximum pump head and starting reliably in pump mode. The proposed paper describes how advanced computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations can help the designer to evaluate his design with respect to hydraulic performance and dynamic phenomena occurring in pump turbines. A standard procedure today is to compute the flow by applying the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANS) on the steady-state flow in individual components or in multiple components which are coupled by mixing-plane interfaces (sometimes also called stage-interface). This standard approach gives fast turnaround times and is a good engineering tool. However, accuracy is limited due to necessary simplifications. Therefore methods are developed and evaluated which allow a more reliable prediction of the onset of rotating stall which is the operation limit of the pump under high heads and low flow rates. The behaviour a modern pump turbine design in this instability region is investigated in detail. Another important task in the design process is the proper prediction of cavitation phenomena in the runner. Predicting cavitating flows with multi-phase CFD computations is still a very challenging task. Some results of ongoing work in this field are presented and compared to single phase computations and results from model tests. The relevance and applicability of such computations is discussed. All the information gained from these kinds of simulations helps to provide an improved product with increased reliability despite the higher number of start and stop cycles that are typically required for modern pump storage power plants.
[en] With the expiration of the coal mining in 2018, the mining is leaving an extensive infrastructure. Shaft depths of up to 1200 m, numerous linings at depth and a large area drainage open perspectives for subsequent use as a subsurface pump storage plant. This could be at the current mining locations a contribution to the energy storage problem.
[de]Mit dem Auslaufen des Steinkohlenbaus im Jahre 2018 hinterlaesst der Bergbau eine umfangreiche Infrastruktur. Schachttiefen von bis zu 1200 m, zahlreiche Ausbauten in der Tiefe und eine grossraeumige Wasserhaltung eroeffnen gegebenfalls Perspektiven fuer eine Folgenutzung als untertaegiges Pumpspeicherwerk. Damit koennte an den heutigen Bergbauorten ein Beitrag zur Energiespeicherproblematik verfolgt werden.
[en] France's national debate on energy transition has served as a reminder that hydroelectric power plays a significant role in French electricity production. With installed power totalling 25400 MW at end 2012 (the second largest in Europe), France's hydroelectric plants produced 63.8 TWh last year (the third largest in Europe), almost 12% of total output. It is France's second largest means of producing electricity and it represents more than 80% of production of renewable energy. A source of energy developed a long time ago, thus benefiting from technological maturity, hydroelectricity can be produced in large quantity at the heart of France's regions, while also rendering indispensable service for the equilibrium of the French electricity system by compensating the intermittency of other renewable energy sources. The production costs of hydroelectric power are the lowest among all power generation technologies. (authors)