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Strategic rehabilitation of the earthquake affected microhydropower plants in Nepal
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5833-6736
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University.
Resource Management and Rural Empowerment Centre (REMREC), National Rural and Renewable Energy Programme/Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC).
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2016 (English)In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment, ISSN 1755-1307, E-ISSN 1755-1315, Vol. 49, no 10, 102003Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most people in the rural areas of Nepal rely on Micro-hydro Power Plants (MHPs) for their energy sources. With around four decade experiences in design and development of MHPs, Nepalese techno-entrepreneurs have gained wider reputation in the South Asian region and the beyond. However with the lack of competences in developing Francis turbines, majority of the MHPs are equipped with either Pelton of Cross Flow turbine, even though Francis units are suitable. With the devastating earthquake of a 7.6 magnitude that struck in the Gorkha district on Saturday, 25 April 2015, about 76 km northwest of the capital city Kathmandu, and the aftershocks followed claimed more than 8000 lives. It did not leave hydropower plants either. Many big plants have been affected and hundreds of MHPs were damaged, needing short to long term rehabilitation. The preliminary assessment of the 61 affected MHPs in the 6 earthquake affected districts shows more than 50% sites are suitable for Francis turbine. Hence the strategic rehabilitation plan has been developed in the present paper for the affected plants considering issues like geographical shift, dislocation of people and also with the focus on replacing the old turbine with Francis turbine in the suitable sites. The similar strategy can also be implemented in other developing countries with such situations.

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Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2016. Vol. 49, no 10, 102003
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Energy Engineering Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
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Fluid Mechanics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-65056DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/49/10/102003ISI: 000400156200141Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85012159898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-65056DiVA: diva2:1131442
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28th IAHR symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems (IAHR 2016), Grenoble, France, 4–8 July 2016
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Konferensartikel i tidskrift;2017-08-17 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2017-08-14 Created: 2017-08-14 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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