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Using a Statistical-Numerical Procedure for the Selection of Pumps running as Turbines to be applied in Water Pipelines: Study Cases

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, pp 323-340
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d5.0181
Silvio Barbarelli , Mario Amelio, Gaetano Florio
Department of Mechanical Energy and Management Engineering, University of Calabria, Via Ponte Pietro Bucci cubo 44/c, Rende, Italy


A combined method using statistical and numerical models has been developed by the authors for selecting a pump running as turbine to be applied in micro-hydro plants. The data of the hydrological site chosen for the installation (head and capacity) allow the calculation of two conversion factors which identify the pump to use successfully as turbine in that place. Then, a one-dimensional model, starting from data available on the pumps manufacturers catalogues, reconstructs a virtual geometry of the pump running as turbine, and calculates the performances curves, head vs. capacity, efficiency vs. capacity, useful for identifying the operating point. Two study cases are presented to apply the proposed methodology, concerning the feasibility of the installation of a pump running as turbine in the purifier water plants of Casali and Sersale, located at 1,000 m above sea level (Calabria, South Italy).The assessment of the annual energy yield gives a confirmation of the effectiveness and convenience of using pumps running as turbines.

Keywords: Hydropower, Experimental measurements, Pump as turbine, CQ-CH conversion factors, One-dimensional model, Case study.

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