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MS Final Examination – Elliott Jackson

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A Cost Benefit Analysis and Hardware Validation of Synchronous and Variable Speed Small Scale Hydropower Systems
Hydropower is the one of the oldest renewable energy technologies and is wrongly thought of today as having little room to grow. The opportunity for new hydropower capacity is immense through both technology advancement and run of river new stream reach projects. Despite the age of hydropower, a divide in opinion is forming regarding how we should proceed with generating power from smaller undisturbed rivers and canals. Hydropower generation techniques have been primarily fixed speed since its inception in the late 19th century, but it seems as though variable speed generation, which is seen in wind power, could hold the key to more efficiently utilizing new stream reach resources. This research aims to provide a cost benefit analysis of fixed speed vs. variable speed hydropower generation topologies, and distinguish the performance advantages that variable speed generation could hold in other aspects of hydropower. Simulation results are validated with hardware.

Major Advisor: Ted Brekken
Committee: Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez
Committee: Kyle Niemeyer
GCR: Enrique Thomann

Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
Calvin Hughes
1 541 737 3168
Calvin.Hughes at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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