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Hydropower System Design

The hydropower system design stage is where Renewables First’s experience of constructing hydropower systems really starts to count. We design things to simplify construction on-site, which leads to significant cost savings for you.

We split our hydropower system design services into outline and detail design. Outline design is completed to the same level of precision as detailed design, but it focuses on the physical shape and size of the system so that representative drawings can be produced to support the environmental and planning consent applications.

Once the various consents are secured, the project moves onto the detailed design stage which focuses on the constructional details such as concrete reinforcement specification, foundation design and the design of the fabricated parts.

We use the latest 3D modelling software to construct the whole hydropower system ‘virtually’ before ground is broken; this means that design conflicts are identified and resolved early in the design process to avoid expensive on-site delays.

See the tabs below for more detailed information on our hydropower system design services:

Hydropower System Design – Outline Design

This includes:

  • 3D topographical survey
  • Outline specification for foundations based on web-based geotechnical investigations
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D model of all concrete structures (turbine enclosure, intake & discharge systems etc.)
  • Initial fish pass design and specification (if applicable)
  • Outline specification of all hardware (turbine, screen cleaner etc.)
  • Outline specification of electrical and hydraulic systems
  • Site plans and general arrangement drawings
  • Design drawings to support consent applications

Detailed design

The detailed design builds on the already competed outline design. The key components are:

  • Specification and procurement of any geotechnical investigations required
  • Design of foundations
  • Construction design of concrete structures including reinforcement design
  • Detail design and specification of all fabricated parts (intake screens, fish pass etc.)
  • Design and specification of on-site electrical systems
  • Design and specification of all hydraulic systems
  • Specification of all hardware (turbine, screen cleaner etc.)
  • Construction Method Statement
  • Fulfilling the ‘designers’’ responsibilities under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013
  • Writing the tender package, obtaining and appraising quotes from civil engineering contractors
  • Construction-stage project plan

Most of the projects we work on are notifiable under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, which we are fully familiar with as designers and contractors. We will work with the clients project supervisor for the design process (PSDP), and a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the construction process (PSCS), as required.

This is the full construction design and equipment specification, including all mechanical, electrical and civil engineering aspects.

The result is the construction design package which contains everything required to issue tenders for the civil engineering part of the installation phase and then go on to build it. It also includes the full hardware specification so that the turbine, screen cleaner and all of the ancillary parts can be ordered.

Are you considering a hydropower project in the UK, Ireland or overseas?

Renewables First have considerable experience and full project capability, from initial feasibility study through to system design and installation.

The first step to develop any small or micro hydropower site is to conduct a full feasibility study.

Contact us about a feasibility study today!

Once complete, you will understand the site potential and be guided through the next steps to develop your project. You can read more about hydropower in our Hydro Learning Centre.