Optimizing hydropower plants with efficient filtration solutions

HYDAC – Your partner for tailor-made and robust filtration solutions in hydropower plants

Optimizing hydropower plants with efficient filtration solutionsHYDAC—Your partner for tailor-made and robust filtration solutions in hydropower plants

Increasing industrialization, especially in the emerging markets, is leading to continual rises in energy requirements. Small hydropower plants are particularly well-suited to meeting this need with renewable energy from hydropower plants—they are considerably easier to install, allowing them to be put into operation faster. There is an increasing demand for low-maintenance systems at the moment. This is because this type of compact hydropower plant can be operated worldwide.

Hydropower plants also need to be able to withstand all kinds of environmental influences—torrential rain and monsoon rain, for example, which both lead to a high level of contamination in river water. Robust and efficient key components and technologies that ensure operation are in-demand here. The supply of cooling water and process water is especially important for this.

With the help of our HYDAC experts, you can optimize your hydropower plants in terms of the factors mentioned above. Using the example of a customer, we will show you what a robust and low-maintenance filtration solution in a hydropower plant can look like.

Using the energy from hydropower reliably and efficientlyHYDAC supplies the optimum process water filtration solution for hydropower plants

Ensuring safe and low-maintenance turbine functioning in monsoon seasons—that was our customer's task for the HYDAC hydropower industry experts.

As a manufacturer of complete hydropower plants including turbines, generators, and controls, our customer specialized in smaller and more compact hydropower plants, also known as "compact hydros." These must be tailored to the regional environmental conditions and operating conditions to be able to achieve the highest energy efficiency level.

Our customer was looking for the right solution for the conditions in their current hydropower plant project—the exact system configuration and design came from HYDAC. In close cooperation with the customer, our HYDAC hydropower specialists defined an overarching goal: optimizing the filtration for the water-powered shaft seal. The water comes straight from the penstock or river and must therefore be finely filtered to ensure that no wear occurs.

In general, the customer was looking for a system supplier with quality and punctuality and not just a manufacturer of individual components—this reduced the number of contact partners. More specifically, the customer was searching for a specialist in water filtration to solve their current problem. The solution led to the development of a standard for all further projects.

The HYDAC solution:
optimal process water filtration for water turbine shaft seals with ATF filter technology

Why is optimal process water filtration especially important for water turbine shaft seals? The shaft seal is a water-lubricated bearing that forms the core of the hydropower plant. It is also used to separate the clean process water from the contaminated river water.

With conventional filtration solutions, a water pump is also required to pump the river water through the filter and to the shaft seal. This increases the energy requirement as well as the number of (electrical) components used. If the filter is contaminated, the system must be shut down to change the filter—alternatively, it can be switched to a redundant system. This does, however, increase the power plant's complexity and operating costs. The topic of safety also plays a big role: if the supply to the shaft seal fails, the whole hydropower plant must be shut down as there would be a high safety risk otherwise.

Our aim was to supply the best solution to the problem so that the water from the penstock upstream of the water turbine could be directly used for the shaft seal. Our ATF filter was best suited to this—a cyclone filter with an additional filter element.

With the use of the HYDAC ATF filter, an additional water pump in the system was no longer necessary. The filter element was also constantly cleaned by a "desludging" line. This ensured a continuous supply of cleaned water to the shaft seal—allowing a simple and straightforward solution to the problem.

The result

The HYDAC ATF filtration solution made an important contribution to optimizing the hydropower plant. The new technological approach (supplying the shaft seal directly from the penstock) convinced the customer straight away.

After the successful test of the prototype in the power plant, the customer was assured of its function and our expertise. Immediately after this success, our solution was established as the standard for all further power plant projects with the above requirements.

In addition to ATF water filtration for the shaft seal, we also supplied wall panels for operation of the shaft seal, lubrication systems, and water-glycol cooling systems for the closed cooling circuit.

Our customer's case shows how our product solutions and engineering expertise increase system efficiency while protecting budgets. Speak to our industry experts now to optimize your systems—our HYDAC specialists provide you with the optimal filtration solution as well additional components and solutions for your process water filtration.

Your advantages

Conservation of resources

Conservation of resources

Whether it's oil, water, or energy—our solutions sustainably conserve your resources.

System availability

System availability

Increased availability due to a reduced likelihood of downtimes as no mechanical components such as water pumps are used.

Easy to maintain

No manual filter element cleaning is necessary.

Optimized solution

Continuous, consistent process water filtration as the filter element is automatically cleaned.

Reduce your energy consumption with condition monitoring and predictive maintenance and save money.

Energy efficiency

Increase your energy efficiency now with fewer electrical consumers.

Reducing costs

Cost optimization

Due to reduced purchase costs and maintenance costs and only needing one contact partner for many solutions.

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