Generating renewable energy from water is often considered unfeasible in flat, low-land regions. However, there are plenty of opportunities to tap into the power produced by rivers, waves and tides. On September 20th IHE Delft, NCR (Netherlands Center for Rivers Studies) and NCK (Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research) brought together the practical and the academic world in the field of water and energy generation.
More than 60 participants from both Dutch specialized organizations, interested IHE Delft staff and also international participants on IHE two-week short course on small hydropower development, got an overview about new developments and implementation of hydropower energy generation in the low-head country such as the Netherlands.
The seminar provided answers to the theoretical questions about how to extract energy from the water where the level of the energy is relatively low, how and how much energy could be extracted and also information on new technologies, research results and developments in the field. The solutions in the field of low head hydropower on rivers (head difference and kinetic energy) and in coastal areas (wave, tidal, and current) were also considered.
Additionally, below the links to the presentations:
- Miroslav Marence (IHE Delft): Introduction in low-head hydropower and applications
- Dennis de Ruiter (EQA Projects): Example kinetic hydropower - EQA-River
- Herman Mondeel (Witteveen+Bos): Identification and assessment of hydropower potential in Sierra Leone
- Jorn Baayen (KISTERS and Deltares): Flexible operation of low-land hydropower
- Peter Scheijgrond (Dutch Marine Energy): Wave and tide hydropower: frontiers and knowledge gaps (pdf not yet available)
- Maximo Peviani (RSE –Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico): WaveSAX, an innovative wave energy generator
- Merel Verbeek (TU Delft): Learning from the first deployments of tidal stream turbines
The presentations were recorded and a link to the video is available in the block on the right side