EPFL

  • Reduced scale model testing for hydropower projects

    15 July 2017 by Dr Loïc Andolfatto, Mech. Eng. MSc. ENS de Cachan, France, Head of EPFL LMH Testing Group, Expert for IEC TC4/WG33 and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC4 Maintenance Team 32
    Hydropower projects are usually very large, designed to last for decades and then to be refurbished. Owing to the huge costs involved and the need to achieve the best possible results and efficiency, extensive testing of...
  • Flexible hydro operation for lean integration of new renewables

    15 July 2017 by Dr Arthur Favrel, Mech. Eng. MSc. Université Claude Bernard de Lyon, France, EPFL LMH post doctoral assistant and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC 4 Maintenance Team 32
    In 2015, global generation of electricity was 24 255 TWh. Hydropower accounted for around 16% of the total, making it the main renewable energy (RE) source for electricity generation. It will also play a key role in the...
  • Expanded pumped storage power station goes into service

    15 July 2017 by Morand Fachot
    Electricity is consumed predominantly as it is produced. Electricity generation relies increasingly on new renewable energy (RE) sources, mainly sun and wind. These are intermittent and not always available when needed...