Course code NTNU1
Course title Sustainable Hydropower Development
Institution Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Course address Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
City 7491 Trondheim
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words Hydropower, Renewable energy, Sustainability
Language English
Professor responsible Professor Oddbjørn Bruland
Telephone +47 73 59 47 47
Fax +47 73 59 12 98
Participating professors

Ånund Killingtveit (NTNU), Knut Alfredsen (NTNU), Nils Ruther (NTNU), Jochen Aberle (NTNU),  Leif Lia (NTNU), Atle Harby (CEDREN)

Number of places Minimum: 15, Maximum: 20, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives Hydropower is today the most important source of renewable electrical energy, more than 80% of all renewable electricity generation worldwide is hydropower. Globally, only about 1/3 of available hydropower resources have yet been developed globally, in Europe about 50%. Many studies confirm that also in the future, hydropower will be one of the main sources of renewable electricity, together with wind and solar power. Hydropower can also play a major role in balancing generation from other, more intermittent sources, wind and solar power.  The main objective of this course is to give the students an overview of hydropower technology, hydropower resources in Europe and globally, hydropower planning including environmental impacts of hydropower, and how it can contribute in a sustainable way together with other renewables.
Programme to be followed

The course program during the week will be:         Introduction to Hydropower
                    Role of Hydropower in the global Renewable energy mix
                    Hydropower in Europe
                    Hydropower in Norway
                    + Excursion to Nidelva & Leirfossene Underground Hydropower Plant         Hydropower Hydrology
                    Hydropower resources assessment
                    Floods and Droughts
                    Climate Change impacts on water and hydropower
                    + ½ day excursion to Sagelva Hydrological Research Basin 
3. Day        Hydropower technology
                    Run-of-River, Storage and Pumped-Storage Plants
                    Dams, Tunnels & Underground caverns
                    Electrical and Mechanical equipment 
                    Hydropower Planning
                    + Excursion to Hydropower Turbine Laboratory
4. Day        Hydropower and the Environment
                    ESIA processes
                    IHA Sustainability guidelines
                    Water resources management issues
                    + Excursion to research center CEDREN 
5. Day        Hydropower hydraulics
                    Introduction to Numerical and Physical Hydraulic models
                    Design of hydraulic structures (Spillways, tunnels, canals, etc)
                    Sediment problems in Reservoirs and waterways
                  + Excursion to the Hydraulics laboratory
6. Day      Exam (2 hours)

Students should be enrolled in a master program in Renewable energy, electrical engineering, Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Course exam

The exam will be written in ‘open book’ format. This means that students are allowed to bring course notes, books and papers to the exam room.