Since 1969, EPFL LMH is a center of scientific excellence in research and development of hydraulic machines, specializing in perfomance validation, hydrodynamics, cavitation, hydro acoustics, numerical simulations and advanced measurement techniques.
LMH focuses its activities around three major fields:
Teaching activities to provide an education of highest quality to engineering students in the field of hydrodynamics applied to hydraulic machines and systems.
Specializing in performance validation, hydrodynamics, cavitation, hydro acoustics, numerical simulation and advanced instrumentation.
Experimental validations, according to IEC 60193, of reduced scale models for new hydropower projects or for turbine refurbishments. Independant expertise and On-site measurements.
Following the Federal Council’s decisions, EPFL has further expanded the measures for all staff members and researchers in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The entire EPFL staff is required to work remotely and so the EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines suspends its operations until further notice. This includes:
– Academic activities: courses will be taught online. Semester, Bachelor and Master project candidates are asked to contact their supervisors.
– Reduced scale model testing: all projects are interrupted and postponed.
– Maintenance and cleaning.
In principle, the laboratory is not accessible for anyone. In urgent cases, Prof. François AVELLAN or the respective Group Leaders are to be contacted.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
XFLEX HYDRO – Press Release
10 December 2019 – A major new energy innovation project to demonstrate how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon, reliable and resilient power system was launched today. The €18 million initiative was announced by the European Commission and a consortium of 19 partners at the United Nations climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. It will show how innovative and flexible hydropower systems can help countries across the world meet their renewable energy targets.
With increasing levels of variable renewables in the energy system, new opportunities emerge for hydropower as a provider of flexibility services in modern power markets. To address this question, EPFL is leading a consortium of 18 Swiss and European partners collaborating within the frame of the XFLEX project (Hydropower Extending Power System Flexibility). This project has received € 15 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857832.