TVM5135 - Planning of Hydropower


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

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 Norwegian hydropower system with emphasis on underground excavations
- The planning proces for hydropower in Norway and abroad
- The tender process: Preparation, negotiation and tender awards for hydropower
- Contracts and administration, payment, acquisition
- 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

The lecturers come from the university and the hydropower industry, all with international experience. Lectures and exercises are to a large extent integrated. All lectures and exercises are given in English. Excursions to various Norwegian hydropower plants are arranged during the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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