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Design of Hydropower Schemes

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Engineering
Course summary The aim of the course on "Design of hydropower schemes" is to provide theoretical understanding and practical insights to planning and designing of all types of hydropower plants a and introduce parti
Course description Hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable energy and plays a vital role in reducing the world's dependence on fossil energy. Large number new projects around the world are in different stage of design or under construction and several existing hydropower plants are refurbished or extended. Realising the full benefits of hydropower necessitates a careful design of all hydropower plant components. Design of power waterways, powerhouses with electrical and mechanical equipment and auxiliary structures should not only be safe and economical but also sustainable. The aim of the short course “Design of Hydropower Schemes” is to introduce participants to the state-of-the-art in the sustainable hydropower design.
Study subjects Hydropower basic concepts, past experience and trends, context society, energy & environment. Hydropower schemes. Conventional low and high head schemes: factors principles and requirements for the design, typical arrangements and layouts, principles and experiences in analysis and design of headrace works, channels, tunnels, surge tanks and penstocks. Small-scale schemes; design and operation principles. Pump-storage plants; design and operation principles, case studies analysis
Course objectives Upon completion of the course, the participants will get overview and working knowledge in design of the hydropower schemes and practical design of hydropower structures including power waterways, powerhouses, turbines and electrical equipment. Development and design of all types of hydropower structures including also small power plants and pump-storage plants will be studied.
ECTS credits 0.00
Duration 1 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group assignment, lecture, seminar, workshop
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Bachelor degree in relevant field
  2. Several years (2 to 3) of working experience
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 1 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
28 Apr 2020 28 Mar 2020 28 Mar 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 970€ 970n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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