Learning Module Information
- Estimated Lecture Hours: 2
- Lab Hours: 1 (discussion and group activities)
- Format: PowerPoint
- Illustrate the hydrologic cycle and describe how hydropower uses the gravitational force of flowing and falling water to produce electricity.
- Critique current issues regarding large-scale hydropower and enumerate the main environmental, remedy economic and ‘logistical’ benefits of micro-hydropower (systems under 100 kW).
- Describe and identify main system components, and terms and processes.
- Identify agricultural applications of micro-hydropower and explain energy storage and delivery options.
- Estimate head and flow of potential hydropower sites using a sight level and the Weir Method.
- Design a theoretical system using recycled parts and their knowledge of the necessary mechanics of a functioning micro-hydropower system.
- Explain pumped storage systems as a way to enhance other renewable energy technologies.
- Hydrologic cycle
- Current issues in hydropower
- System components of hydropower
- Applications of hydropower in agriculture
- System design
- Pumped storage systems
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