The training responded to the knowledge exchange needs of HPNET Members in the Philippines and Malaysia who require skills to design and build Pelton micro hydro turbines.
Following an online training in November, the in-person training ran from December 2 - 7 and was held at SIBAT's Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATech) in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines. The overall aim was for participants to acquire knowledge of the design, manufacturing and testing of Pelton turbines, including fabrication of the Pelton runner assembly.
Participants benefited from an opportunity for hands-on learning, in addition to technical and theoretical presentations.
Within Pelton Turbine Design, sub-topics covered included:
- Single and multi jet turbines;
- Vertical and horizontal axis turbines;
- Direct and belt drive systems;
- Net head calculations and shaft calculations;
- Pelton runner sizing;
- Bearing and belt selection;
- Other components.
The resource person for this training was HPNET Member Mr. Ajith Kumara from Simple Engineering, a senior micro and mini hydropower specialist based in Sri Lanka. Mr. Kumara has extensive experience training practitioners in design and fabrication aspects of various electro-mechanical components of small-scale hydropower.
This training was made possible by SIBAT, WISIONS and Simple Engineering.