How many fish live in the river?? Are they scared of the dark? How will hydropower earn money in the future? How does flexible hydropower impact fish and rivers? Those are some of the questions HydroCen-researchers answered when they met each other to share knowledge this week

Experts on fish biology aren’t necessarily also experts on hydroelectric tunnels. Engineers don’t always know how fish could react to a new hydropower intake in the river.

Therefore, HydroCen facilitates meeting places where researchers can talk to each other and discuss opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.

Several such projects are already underway in HydroCen, such as AlternaFuture where they are researching extreme remodelling of hydropower and “fish-friendly intakes” where biologists, engineers and hydrologists work together to find out how to lead fish away from power plant intakes.

Short lectures and time for discussion

During a one-day-seminar fifteen HydroCen scientists presented their projects or fields of expertise, and the goal was to learn for each other and share knowledge of what is going on in the research front across disciplines and projects.

See the presentations:

AlternaFuture –  Kaspar Vereide, Sira Kvina og Torbjørn Forseth, NINA

Presentations from work package 1: Hydropower structures  

Experimental Hydraulics-With a dam safety perspective – Ganesh Ravindra, stipendiat, NTNU

Make power, not sushi. Safe downstream fish migration – Halvor Kjærås, stipendiat, NTNU

Guiding sand and gravel –  Diwash Lal Maskey, stipendiat, NTNU

Presentations from work package 2: Turbine and generator 

The generator and powersystem: How does it work? – Arne Nysveen, professor, NTNU

Converter Fed Synchronous Machine (CFSM) for Variable Speed Operation of Pump storage hydropower plant – Raghbendra Tiwari, stipendiat, NTNU

Hybridization of Hydropower Plants with Floating Solar PV: Design and Optimization – Stanislas Merlet, stipendiat, NTNU

Presentations from work package 3 : Market and services 

Hvordan kan vannkraftprodusenter tjene penger i fremtidens kraftsystem – Mari Haugen, forsker, SINTEF

Optimization Models and Methods for Investments in Existing Hydropower Plants – Andreas Kleiven, stipendiat, NTNU

Miljørestriksjoner i sesongplanlegging av vannkraft – Hans Olaf Hågenvik, forsker, SINTEF

Presentations from work package 4: Environmental design 

A crash course in aquatic ecology – Line Sundt-Hansen, forsker, NINA

Fjernmåling: digitale laboratorier for fysiske forhold og fisk – Håkon Sundt, stipendiat, NTNU

Fleksibilitet og effektkjøring har økologiske konsekvenser- Atle Harby, seniorforsker, SINTEF

How many fish are there in the river? Genetic mark-recapture: a new method – Sebastian Wacker, forsker NINA

About HydroCen

HydroCen is a Research Center for Environmentally friendly Energy. Our goal is to develop knew technology and knowledge so hydropower can meet new challenges and enable the transition to a fully renewable energy system.

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