Vienna Hydro

Topics

The main theme of this seminar is the flexible operation of modern hydropower plants and its interaction with the electrical grid. Ancillary services, fast and secure electricity supply as well as long lifetimes of the components are the major tasks today. Therefore, this year's main topics covered by the seminar include R&D, Transient behviour, Flexible operation etc. as set out below:

A) FLEXIBLE HYDROPOWER PLANTS
  • Ancillary services
  • Hydropower and the electrical grid
  • Grid stabilizing opportunities of Hydropower
  • Energy mix in the future
  • Flexibilization options of Hydropower Plants
  • Future trends of Hydropower Development
B) HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS AND TRANSIENT BEHAVIOUR
  • Machine and Plant behaviour
  • Change of operational point
  • Impact of primary regulation on the grid stability
  • Flow Measurements
  • Numerical calculations of infrastructure behaviour
  • Start/Stop behaviour and blow out effects
  • Low Load and Speed No Load Operational Points
C) INTELLIGENT CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • Self learning systems
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Cyber Security aspects
  • Interacting control systems with other RES
D) PUMPED STORAGE
  • Technical innovations
  • Projects
  • Operation
  • Hydro in Synergy with Other Renewables
  • Smart storage
  • Economic situation
E) MAINTENANCE, REHABILITATION and MODERNIZATION
  • Maintenance strategies and cost reduction
  • Monitoring, diagnosis, optimization and predictive maintenance systems
  • Efficiency and vibration measurement and analysis
  • Dysfunctions, failure analysis, accidents
  • Rehabilitation techniques
  • Rehabilitation projects
  • Best practice
  • Coating of hydraulic components
  • Experience of coated components
  • New materials and manufacturing processes
F) NUMERICAL CALCULATIONS OF HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS
  • New equipment and infrastructure design
  • Numerical investigations of hydraulic and electrical components
  • Efficiency increase
  • Cavitating flows and erosion
  • Unsteady flow phenomena in hydraulic machines
  • Environmental issues in turbine design
G) DESIGN RULES, EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES and PHYSICAL MODELING
  • Models, algorithms and code development in hydrodynamics
  • Simulation and analysis of cavitating and multi-phase flows
  • Flow stability and control
  • Vibrations and fluid structure interactions
  • Experimental measurement and analysis
  • Multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Physical modeling of turbine inlets and steel water construction
H) SMALL HYDRO including VERY LOW HEAD and HYDROKINETIC TURBINES
  • Technical innovations and engineering solutions
  • Drinking water turbining
  • Irrigation turbining
  • Reserved flow of large Hydropower plants turbining
  • Small hydro in protected areas
  • Smart grid machines and developments
  • Research, Development & Innovations for Hydrokinetic machines
  • In-stream / Ultra Low Head Systems
  • Deployed Projects: Experiences from Across the Globe
I) LEGAL ASPECTS
  • Administrative and licensing procedures
  • Regranting of water rights
  • Impact of the European Water Framework Directive
  • Relicensing of Historical Power Plants
J) SUSTAINABILITY ASPECTS
  • Framework
  • Guidelines
  • Best practice in projects Environmental issues: greehouse gases from reservoirs, river basin considerations
  • Social and stakeholder management