Micro-Hydro Design Manual has grown from Intermediate Technology's field experiences with micro-hydro installations and covers operation and maintenance, commissioning, electrical power, induction generators, electronic controllers, management, and energy surveys.There is an increasing need in many countries for power supplies to rural areas, partly to support industries, and partly to provide illumination at night. Government authorities are faced with the very high costs of extending electricity grids. Often micro-hydro provides an economic alternative to the grid. This is because independent micro-hydro schemes save on the cost of grid transmission lines, and because grid extension schemes often have very expensive equipment and staff costs. In contrast, micro-hydro schemes can be designed and built by local staff and smaller organizations following less strict regulations and using 'off-the-shelf' components or locally made machinery.
1 Introduction 2 Hydrology and site survey 3 Civil Works 4 Commercial engineering * 5 Turbines * 6 Governing * 7 Drive systems * 8 Electrical power 9 Financial evaluation 10 Operation and maintenance 11 Commissioning and testing Appendices Glossary Bibliography Suppliers index