Motors as Generators for Micro-hydro Power
This is a guide to the use of induction motors for electricity generation in remote locations. It is written as a practical handbook for engineers and technicians involved in designing and installing small water-power schemes for isolated houses and communities. This revised edition brings in new concepts developed and tested to expand the power range of application of motors as generators, to make this technology safer and more reliable, while keeping costs low and making it accessible to developing countries. It also contains a new chapter on mains-connecting micro-hydro generators. This edition also draws on the practical experience of manufacturers and installers of induction generator units working in village locations in a large number of countries, among them Sri Lanka, Nepal, Peru, Kenya and others.
|Prelims (Contents, Figures, Tables, Acknowledgements, Preface, Introduction, Disclaimer)|
|1. Advantages and disadvantages of induction generators|
|2. Induction machine construction and operation|
|3. Selection of an induction motor for use as a generator|
|4. Excitation capacitor requirements|
|5. Operating voltage and frequency|
|6. The effect of load upon generator output|
|7. Single-phase output from a three-phase machine|
|8. Protection, safety and earthing|
|9. Fixed and variable load systems|
|10. Motor starting|
|11. Generator commissioning|
|12. Mains-connected systems|
|Back matter (Appendices 1 - 6, Index)|
Nigel Smith Dr Nigel Smith is an independent engineering consultant with experience in low-cost electrification in developing countries.
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