TVM5135 - Planning of Hydropower


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 75/100 4 hours
Work 25/100

Course content

Organization and management of hydropower studies, planning and optimisation of dams, reservoirs, hydropower and water resources projects, including small scale hydropower development. Hydropowers role in differing power systems. Siting of intakes and power stations, planning waterways and penstocks. Underground hydropower technology. Social and Environmental Impacts of Hydropower.

Learning outcome


The student will have knowledge of:

- The construction of various types of hydropower plants

- the different components of a hydropower system and the interaction between these.

- How to optimize a hydropower system and environmental and social impact considerations.

- The Norwegian hydropower system with emphasis on underground excavations

- The planning process for hydropower in Norway and abroad

- Special factors in the planning of small hydropower plants.



Students will be able to:

- Conduct a pre-feasibility study for a hydropower plant

- Conduct a feasibility study to identify potential projects

- Set up schedules for work and identify critical phases of the project

- Identify potential social and environmental impacts of a hydropower plan


General competence:

Students can:

- Conduct a feasibility study of how development can take place in a watercourse

- Compare different options for development and rank them according to the economic and environmental criteria.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and project work in groups. Project work and lectures assumes prior knowledge form the courses listed in recommended previous knowledge.

Compulsory assignments

  • Hydropower Reconnaissance studies
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The exam accounts for 75 % of the grade and project work in groups account for 25 %. A letter grade is given for each part of the assessment and both parts need a passing grade in order to pass the course. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Books from the series "Hydropower Development" and supplementary lecture notes (English).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Investment and Cost Analyses
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydropower


Examination arrangement: Written examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 75/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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