Motors as Generators for Micro-hydro Power

Motors as Generators for Micro-hydro Power

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The new edition of this useful and practical handbook is a guide to the use of induction motors for electricity generation in remote locations and arises out of the practical experience of manufacturers and installers of induction generators working in village locations in a number of countries. The use of motors as generators is now well proven and promises to be an important element in establishing self-sustaining local capacity for village-scale hydro in developing countries. Micro-hydro is a valuable source of energy for rural industries and village electrification schemes. It offers potential to remote communities with applications in village lighting, mechanized food processing, and the supply of power to small-scale industrial more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 10mm | 158.76g
  • ITDG Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 39 black & white line drawings, 5 black & white halftones
  • 1853396451
  • 9781853396458
  • 239,166

About Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith has been closely associated with Practical Action since he started working on induction generators for micro-hydro in 1985. He has worked in Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sri Lanka and Uganda. He has his own engineering company, Sustainable Control Systems, specializing in micro-hydro and rural more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Advantages and disadvantages of induction generators; 2. Induction machine construction and operation; 3. Selection of an induction motor for use as a generator; 4. Excitation capacitor requirements; 5. Operating voltage and frequency; 6. The effect of load upon generator output; 7. Single-phase output from a three-phase machine; 8. Protection, safety and earthing; 9. Fixed and variable load systems; 10. Motor starting; 11. Generator commissioning; 12. Mains-connected systems; Appendicesshow more

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...contains useful new material, notably the up to date information...a resource rather than a recipe book...with clear and simple explanations given throughout.' London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 20071231show more