Design of a Low Head Pico Hydro Turbine for Rural Electrification in Cameroon

dc.contributor.advisorLubitz, William David
dc.contributor.authorHo-Yan, Bryan
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-03T13:46:08Z
dc.date.available2012-05-03T13:46:08Z
dc.date.copyright2012-04
dc.date.created2012-04-05
dc.date.issued2012-05-03
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Applied Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmeEngineeringen_US
dc.description.abstractRural areas of Cameroon have limited to no availability of grid-supplied electricity, however many locations have significant hydro potential. Pico hydro (less than 5 kW generation capacity) has been identified as a promising means for rural electrification. Tests of previously implemented designs and field research in Cameroon were conducted to contextualize the design process. Field research involved end-user and artisan interviews, market research, site investigations, and artisan collaboration. Findings were used to select an axial flow propeller for the improved turbine. Detailed design used turbomachinery theory towards the development of a locally manufactured low head pico hydro turbine for rural electrification. A propeller turbine with complex blade geometries was designed but simplified to incorporate flat blade geometries to better suit the local manufacture capabilities. A prototype turbine was built and tested. The flat blade propeller turbine performed reasonably well, but was unable to achieve desired power generation targets with predefined head and flow rate conditions.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/3552
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectpico hydroen_US
dc.subjectlocal manufactureen_US
dc.subjectCameroonen_US
dc.subjectrural electrificationen_US
dc.titleDesign of a Low Head Pico Hydro Turbine for Rural Electrification in Cameroonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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