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Engineering    2016, Vol. 2 Issue (4) : 510 -517
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A Feasibility Study of Power Generation from Sewage Using a Hollowed Pico-Hydraulic Turbine
Tomomi Uchiyama1,(),Satoshi Honda2,Tomoko Okayama3,Tomohiro Degawa1
1. Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan
2. Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
3. Faculty of Human Studies, Taisho University, Tokyo 170-8470, Japan

This study is concerned with the feasibility of power generation using a pico-hydraulic turbine from sewage flowing in pipes. First, the sewage flow rate at two connection points to the Toyogawa River-Basin Sewerage, Japan, was explored for over a year to elucidate the hydraulic energy potential of the sewage. Second, the performance of the pico-hydraulic turbine was investigated via laboratory experiments that supposed the turbine to be installed in the sewage pipe at the connection points. This study indicates that the connection points have hydraulic potential that can be used for power generation throughout the year. It also demonstrates that the pico-hydraulic turbine can be usefully employed for power generation from sewage flowing in the pipe at the connection points.

Keywords Pico-hydraulic turbine      Sewage      Power generation      Connection point      Hydraulic potential     
Corresponding Authors: Tomomi Uchiyama   
Just Accepted Date: 06 December 2016   Online First Date: 13 December 2016    Issue Date: 28 December 2016
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Tomomi Uchiyama,Satoshi Honda,Tomoko Okayama, et al. A Feasibility Study of Power Generation from Sewage Using a Hollowed Pico-Hydraulic Turbine[J]. Engineering, 2016, 2(4): 510 -517 .
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