Hydroelectric generators for third world countries

Burton-Ree, Nicholas (2013) Hydroelectric generators for third world countries. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Today's society is becoming more pressured to produce renewable energy, as some of the world's resources are becoming scarcer and the population is increasing. The push to find a new reliable eco-friendly energy source is becoming ever so relevant. Due to the high demand of electricity, the cost of power is expensive and the ability to access the resource is difficult for many poorer areas in the world. These third world areas are in desperate need of power to allow food and medical supplies to be stored, and as a result, distributed in the needed areas.

Papua New Guinea which is located just north of Australia has some of the toughest terrain in the world and is rated high in the top 50 third world nations. It is the perfect location for a hydroelectric system. Micro hydroelectric generators are becoming more and more common in remote locations. The disadvantage to these systems is that specifically designed turbines are expensive and time consuming to design for the location. A solution to this problem is to implement an already designed centrifugal pump as a turbine. At the small cost of efficiency the use of a pump can produce a low cost and reliable energy source.

This unconventional solution has the ability to be applied to poorly developing countries such as Papua New Guinea to help achieve self-sufficient energy production. As a result, it would also have an impact upon improving the health and well-being of all of the local inhabitants.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Supervisors: Bowtell, Les; Gillies, Malcom
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: hydroelectric generators; third world countries; Papua New Guinea
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8614 Machinery and Equipment > 861402 Appliances and Electrical Machinery and Equipment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24650

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