Sub-Programme 1: Hydroelectric Units

At the heart of the hydroelectric generation are the power plant hydroelectric units. Water interacts with stationary and moving mechanical and electrical components, and energy is converted between hydraulic and electric depending on the energy generation or storage needs of the power system.

The EERA JP Hydropower SP1 aims to coordinate and align national, regional and European research efforts in the area of hydroelectric units. Specific topics to be addressed are:

  • Methods for accurate numerical simulation of hydro and structural dynamics of the hydraulic machine (FSI) over the full operating range and during transient operation
  • Digital model of the system dynamics for controlling the hydroelectric units
  • Methods for accurate prediction and mitigation of hydraulic machine component erosion by silt laden flow and/or cavitation
  • New methodology for lifetime assessment and advanced material law properties of the components of both the hydraulic and the electric machines
  • Advanced design, engineering and manufacturing methodologies for every single component of the hydroelectric units integrating reliability, availability, maintainability, safety and sustainbility constraints
  • New technology/inventions giving increased flexibility to the power system, and to enhance hydroelectric unit sustainability by mitigating environmnetal impact and integreating circular economy. 




SP 1 Coordinator

François Avellan, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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SP 1 Vice-Coordinator

Pål-Tore Storli, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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