Methodology to evaluate the repowering of small hydroelectric power plants: Case study El Amarillo in Portovelo, Ecuador

B. Romero-Anazco, A. Siguenza-Maldonado, A. Barragan-Escandon, X. Serrano-Guerrero

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Abstract

In this paper, a methodology to evaluate the repowering of small hydroelectric power plants is proposed. This methodology considers the technical and economic viability of the project. The methodology includes an analysis of the current state of elements of the power plant, such as electromechanical equipment and existing infrastructure. The technical analysis includes the hydrological study, which allows determining the appropriate equipment based on the water flow. On the other hand, financial analysis provides a valuable tool to determine the viability of repowering. The case study is El Amarillo power plant in Portovelo, Ecuador, it is a small hydroelectric power plant, currently abandoned. The modernization of the power plant based on current technology allows the electricity generation from renewable resources, contributing to local development and the reduction of CO2 emissions with an installed power of approximately 3.3MW.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728128986
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2019 - Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico
Duration: 13 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Autumn Meeting on Power, Electronics and Computing, ROPEC 2019
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityIxtapa, Guerrero
Period13/11/1915/11/19

Keywords

  • Refurbishment
  • Renewable resources
  • Repowering
  • Small hydroelectric plant

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