XFLEX aims to demonstrate an innovative methodology for system integration of hydroelectric technology solutions, variable speed being a key component and a reference, to provide further enhanced flexibility services assessed by a crosscutting analysis of their impact on both the technology and the market aspects.
The proposed multi-disciplinary project aims to develop a numerical tool for assessing the true hydropower renovation potential of these hydropower stations by considering both electricity generation increase and services to the grid.
The project focuses on turning a counter rotating micro-turbine proof of concept into a range of standard energy recovery stations able to harvest energy on drinking water networks
the project aims to study the hydraulic, mechanical and electrical dynamics of several hydraulic machines configurations – fresh and seawater turbines, reversible pump-turbines – under an extended range of operations : from overload to deep part load. A two-pronged modelling approach will rely on numerical simulations as well as reduced-scale physical model tests.
SPHEROS is a particle-based code, which stands on SPH and erosion. The code is developed at LMH to simulate free-surface flows in hydraulic machines and specifically silt erosion phenomena occurring in Pelton turbines.