At BEZER Engineering Consulting, we specialize in design, procurement and construction (EPC) services for small "turnkey" hydroelectric plants (PCH) in projects: commercial, industrial, residential, governmental, etc.
When we work with our clients, there are no intermediaries. We are responsible for the development of the electrical, structural engineering project, the purchase of equipment and support structure, as well as the start-up and service and its subsequent maintenance. Assuring the client to receive a first-class renewable energy solution, perfect for your property and adjusted to your budget.
¿WHAT ARE THE SMALL HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANT (PCH)?
The small hydroelectric power plants (PCH) or mini-power plants or micro-power plants are those power plants that take advantage of small hydraulic jumps and that are characterized by having a reduced installed power (powers of less than 10 MW), which implies the use of much smaller structures and safe than a normal hydroelectric.
There are three types:
Hydroelectric Peak: refers to small hydropower plants that produce less than 5 kW. In general, these are small hydroelectric plants for self-consumption of isolated services.
Hydroelectric micro: refers to small hydroelectric plants with powers ranging from 5 kW to 100 kW.
Mini hydro: refers to small hydroelectric plants with powers ranging from 100 kW to 1000 kW.
Although in both cases the energy is produced from a water-powered turbine, a micro hydroelectric plant or small hydroelectric plant can not be compared to a real hydroelectric plant.
The small hydroelectric plant does not foresee the construction of dams because it exploits the movement of water that flows in natural courses: the water that falls causes the turbine to turn to generate electricity.
Small hydroelectric plants, both pico, mini and micro, are generally characterized by modest hydraulic jumps and flow rates that are not comparable with those of large plants.
¿How does a micro-electric system work?
The water that flows in the channel moves a turbine, the mechanical energy turns an alternator transforming this kinetic energy into electrical energy.
The micro hydroelectric plants can be installed in different contexts, including in watercourses or artificial pools. Hydroelectric power plants with a size of 2 to 5 kW have a single turbine placed directly in the water course, while in micro hydroelectric plants it is necessary to build structures (appropriate intake and diversion channels, cargo or diversion tanks with a forced duct) that allow to take part of the channel that drives the turbine. After operating the turbine, the water is returned to the main downstream channel.
The most used turbines in micro hydroelectric plants are undoubtedly Pelton and Banki or Cross-Flow, ideal for limited water flows.
Benefits of small hydropower plants (micro-hydropower):
Sustainable energy from a renewable energy source: water.
Kinetic energy is used in-situ without generating driving or transportation costs.
Low environmental and landscape impact.
Does not consume any fuel and does not pollute the environment.
Initial minimum investment for civil works and equipment.
A minimum cost of operation and maintenance.
Production of electricity in isolated places.
According to the water supply method, small hydropower plants are classified into two main types:
Plants built in water courses of different types (rivers, streams, irrigation canals, etc.)
Plants in water pipes and aqueducts (Consists in the recovery of energy from the water transported by the aqueducts to the treatment plants for the purification of it, before being distributed to the end users.)
BEZER Consultoría de Ingeniería will guide you through each stage of your project, from evaluating the site and its energy productivity, system design, supply, installation, to operations and maintenance services.
1- PERSONALIZED PREVIOUS STUDY
Technical exploration visit to know the idea and characteristics of the project. Carrying out a personalized preliminary study, which will allow you to know which is the best efficient alternative in your case. Advice and preparation of the necessary documents to obtain the permits before the competent authorities.
Conducting the environmental impact study.
Advice and support in the decision making of project financing.
Financial analysis of the investment.
2- DESIGN OF THE INSTALLATION
The connection can be made with the medium voltage network for spot sale as well as for self-consumption.
At BEZER we will study the most suitable design to save energy and we will analyze all available options and opportunities, meeting your expectations and requirements.
3- INSTALLATION, CERTIFICATION AND START-UP
With our turnkey BEZER service we will take care of everything so that you do not have to worry about anything. We will be responsible for supplying the equipment and ensuring that the installation works meet the best quality conditions. We will help you in the processing of licenses and permits necessary for the construction and start-up of your plant.
4- HELP IN THE PROCESSING OF SUBSIDIES AND CREDITS
We will inform you promptly about the current subsidies that can be accepted, both from state agencies and private institutions. We will help you to make your dream come true through an adequate financial analysis and personalized investment repayment plan to your pocket.
5- MAINTENANCE AND POST SALES GUARANTEE
We will periodically review your installation, checking the status of all its components, to ensure its optimal operation and a level of energy production adequate and constant over time.
In case of damage to the system, you will only have to notify us so that we provide the necessary technical assistance and manage the equipment guarantees against the manufacturer.