Course detail

Small hydro power plants (SHPP)

FAST-BR53Acad. year: 2017/2018Summer semesterNot applicable.. year of study5  credits

Small hydro power plants (SHPP) – definition, terminology, division, legislative conditions required for realization and innovation of SHPP, types of plants considering its placement (structure and technology).
Newly built SHPP, reconstruction of existing SHPP.
Turbines for SHPP – types, products information.
Economic conditions for the SHPP construction and operation, capital cost repayment period.
Study, conceptual solution of SHPP constructional components. Hydrotechnical and hydroenergetical calculations.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will acquire the overview of energy balance in CZ and in applicability of primar hydro energy potential. Elementary solution of small hydro power plant and suitable types of water turbine is the aim of the course.


Hydraulics, weirs, dams, concrete structures, hydro power energy utilization.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Gabriel B. a kol.: Malé vodní elektrárny. ČVUT Praha, 1998. (CS)
Bednář,J.: Malé vodní elektrárny 2 - Turbíny. SNTL Praha, 1989. (CS)
Melichar,J.: Malé vodní turbíny. ČVUT Praha, 1995. (CS)
Hodák, T., Dušička, P.: Malé vodné elektrárne. JAGA Group Bratislava, 1998. (SK)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1.week: Energy sources. Stream water power - potential resource. Theoretical, technically applicable hydropower potential of the stream.
2.week: Natural, artificial, primary and secondary sources of waterpower. Basic types of hydropower structures and their components. Structure of energy plants in CZ. Development of energetics in CZ.
3. week: Hydro power plants division. HP cascades. Efficiency of of water source.
4.week: Work and function of water power plant in electric network - loading diagram.
5. week: Hydro-energetic solution of of run-off the river hydro power plant
6.week: Classification and typed of water turbines. Kaplan, Francise and Pelton turbines.
7.week: Spiral casing of water turbines. Suction pipe. Sucktion head. Cavitation.
8.week: Intake structures of pressureless and pressure hydropower structures. Rules of design and types of intake structures. Solution of foreground of intakes, scumboards. Influent conduit of hydro power plants.
9. week: Design of profiles of water power canals and pressure pipes. Safety and operational gates.
10.week: Direct and indirect hydraulic shock. Compensating chambers, their function and types.
11.week: Constructional part of HPP. Buildings of HPP - types of engine room according ot construction and placement. Complete spatial solution. Substructure of engine room – function, basic types of engine set supporting systems. Upper part of the engine room – function, construction types.
12.week: Excursion in hydraulic laboratory of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Brno University of Technology is realized.
13.week: Pilot operation and inspection of hydropower structures.


Overview of energy balance in CZ and applicability of primar hydro energy potential. Elementary solution of small hydro power plant and suitable types of water turbine made nowadays. Overview of basics of SHPP construction and operation economy.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer