Project Examples

Design of Small Hydropower System for Village of Paty, Peru

Course: 22.342 - Convective Processes
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Eugene E. Niemi, Jr
Partner: Village of Paty, Peru

Paty is a remote village in Peru that consists of about 12 or 13 homes which currently have no electricity. A small water turbine had become available from an earlier project that had been implemented in a neighboring village, therefore the opportunity for the village of Paty to implement a hydropower system fueled by their small irrigation canal was discussed.

The objective of this project is to produce approximately 500 W of electricity (preferably more) for a four-hour period during the early evening for the village of Paty in Peru, utilizing a small hydropower system. (This would amount to about one light bulb per home.) This course requires a piping system design project, therefore this project was a good fit, since the students of this course were able to: specify the piping system’s overall length, the pipe diameter and material, number of elbows, tees, valves, unions, etc., calculate the head loss in the system and total head delivered to the turbine, the turbine’s specifications and cost analysis.