Development of a design and implementation process for the integration of hydrokinetic devices into existing infrastructure in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Niebuhr, Chantel Monica
dc.contributor.author Van Dijk, Marco
dc.contributor.author Bhagwan, J.N.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-09T07:59:37Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-09T07:59:37Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.description.abstract In South Africa there is currently no notable use of modern small-scale hydrokinetic (HK) energy systems, mainly due to formerly low-cost coal-powered electricity. is renewable energy option makes use of the kinetic energy from owing water, rather than potential energy, which is more o en used in conventional hydropower. Updated re ned versions of this technology are now being investigated and manufactured due to the global drive towards reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy e ciency. ese modular units allow for installation of HK turbines into existing water infrastructure with very little civil works. e study’s objective was to develop a simpli ed design and implementation process for HK devices within the South African legislative and regulatory environment. Approximately 66% of South Africa’s water supply is used by the agricultural sector with more than 6 500 km of canal systems running through many areas which could bene t from alternative energy sources. e recent electricity crisis in the country allowed for problem resolution through funding opportunities and thereby an introduction of an innovative and sustainable technology to provide renewable electricity where otherwise not feasible. A pilot HK project was implemented in an applicable section on the Boegoeberg irrigation canal in the Northern Cape Province and tested for optimum functionality and correct application. is process allowed evolution of a development process for the implementation of HK devices in existing water infrastructure. en_ZA
dc.description.department Civil Engineering en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship South Africa Department of Science and Technology, Water Research Commission and University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.ajol.info/index.php/wsa en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Niebuhr, C.M., Van Dijk, M & Bhagwan, J.N. 2019, 'Development of a design and implementation process for the integration of hydrokinetic devices into existing infrastructure in South Africa', Water SA, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 434-446. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1816-7950 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 0378-4738 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/wsa/2019.v45.i3.6740
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/75096
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Water Research Commission en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. Water Research Commission.Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). en_ZA
dc.subject Hydrokinetic turbine en_ZA
dc.subject Water infrastructure en_ZA
dc.subject Renewable energy en_ZA
dc.subject Hydropower en_ZA
dc.subject Small-scale en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Development of a design and implementation process for the integration of hydrokinetic devices into existing infrastructure in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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