TVM5132 - Prefeasibility Study in Hydropower Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The project work covers a pre-feasibility (desk) study for an actual river system which is carried out in groups of 3-5 students.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate should have knowledge on: Hydropower planning methods – Important data sources for hydrology, geology, topography and cost – Technical layout and components in different main types of hydropower projects (Storage, Run-of-river, Pumped Storage …)Skills: The candidate should be able to: Identify promising hydropower sites (projects) within a large region - Compute energy potential and realistic generation capacity for each project – Compute benefit and cost for each project – Assess environmental impacts for each project - Select the best project(s) among many by comparing benefit, cost and environmental impacts in a systematic way – Present a ranked list of projects to a client and explain the reasoning behind the proposalGeneral competence: The candidate can understand the role of hydropower in a larger power system and how to apply integrated planning methods for hydropower projects. The students shall be able to address technical, economic and environmental issues of hydropower development of a river basin on a pre-feasibility level, and how to report, present and discuss main findings with a client

Learning methods and activities

Seminars on academic writing, literature search and reference handling. Lectures covering project identification, the screening process etc. and supervision throughout the project period as required by the students will be given. The main part of the work is organized as group-work including presentation and reporting of the results. The project work also includes at least one field-trip to the project site for fact-finding and verification of planning hypotesis. The field-trip may also include measurements and data acquisition.

Course materials

Various relevant data such as topographic maps, hydrology data, geology maps, NVE's data base on costs, etc.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TVM5130 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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