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Highlighted research projects


The goal of the HydroFlex project is to develop new technology permitting flexible operation of hydropower plants. The project is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for the four year starting from May 1 2018, and the budget is 5.7 million Euro. Hydroflex collaborates with several academic and industrial partners from Norway, Sweden, Germany and UK. NTNU is the coordinating university for this project. 


Francis - 99 is a series of three workshops, which provides an open access of the complete design and data of a model Francis turbine. It provides an open platform to the hydropower researchers and it gives the possibility to explore their capabilities and enhance their skills.


HiFrancis is an industrial research project, where the focus is basic and applied research within hydraulic turbine. Research questions are: How do the pressure waves originating from the rotor-stator interaction propagate in the turbine? What is the best practice guideline to produce credible numerical results? What is the relation between damping and the flow velocity in the turbine?

Turbines and Generators

Turbines and Generators (part of FME HydroCen) aims to develop the future generation of hydraulic turbines. The turbines will enable flexible power generation through variable-speed operation. Fatigue loading and related damage during the transient operating conditions such as, load variation and start-stop will be reduced.