Hydropower - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128129067, 9780128129074


1st Edition

Authors: Paul Breeze
eBook ISBN: 9780128129074
Paperback ISBN: 9780128129067
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 2018
Page Count: 104
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Hydropower provides a complete discussion of the most up-to-date considerations of this method of creating renewable energy. After introducing the method’s history, the author explores various considerations for engineers, planners and managers who need to determine the best placement and size of a plant. The book then presents various types of hydropower systems, such as Run-of-River Schemes and various types of Dam and Turbines, also considering the important economic, environmental and geological impacts of each. Those involved in the planning, design and management of hydropower systems, such as engineers, researchers, managers and policymakers will find this book a very valuable and insightful resource.

Key Features

  • Explores different types of dams and turbines set alongside easy-to-understand diagrams, such as Embankment Dams, Concrete Arch Dams, Reaction Turbines and Francis Turbines
  • Considers various economic and environmental factors significant for this type of project, such as resettlement, biodiversity and greenhouse gases
  • Discusses best practices for locating a hydropower site and how to make important decisions regarding placement and method


Power generation planners, electrical engineers, students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering and Energy: researchers, academics and the technical community involved in the development and implementation of power generation technologies, and power related engineering disciplines

Table of Contents

  1. Hydropower Resource
    2. Hydropower Sites
    3. Categories of hydropower Plant
    4. Large Hydropower Plants: Dams and Barrages
     Run-of-river Scheme
     Dam and Reservoir Projects
    5. Dam types
     Embankment Dam
     Concrete Gravity Dam
     Concrete Arch Dam
    6. Hydropower Turbines
     Impulse Turbines
    7. Reaction Turbines
    8. Francis turbine
    9. Propeller and Kaplan Turbines
    10. Deriaz Turbine
    11. Generators
    12. Small Hydropower
    13. Environmental Considerations
    14. Environmental Assessment
     Geological Effects
     Sedimentation and Downstream, Effects
     Greenhouse Gases
     Interregional Effects
    15. Hydropower and Intermittent renewable Generation
    16. Cost of Electricity Generation from Hydropower Plants


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About the Author

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance Science and Technology writer and consultant in the UK who has specialized in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all aspects of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

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Freelance Science and Technology Writer/Consultant, UK

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