TVM5135 - Planning of Hydropower


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 75/100 4 hours G
Work 25/100

Course content

Organization and management of hydropower studies, planning and optimization of dams, reservoirs, hydropower and water resources projects, including small scale hydropower development. Hydropower's role in the energy supply. 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 role of hydropower in the energy supply
  • The construction of various types of hydropower plants
  • The different components of a hydropower system and the interaction between these.
  • Economical and financial analysis of hydropower projects
  • How to optimize a hydropower system and environmental and social impact considerations.
  • The planning process for hydropower projects


Students will be able to:

  • Conduct a pre-feasibility and feasibility study for a hydropower plant
  • Evaluate economic and financial aspects and risk of a hydropower project in relation to demand and environmental aspects
  • Understand, optimize and design each component of a hydropower system in regard to production, cost, income and safety.
  • Set up schedules for work and identify critical phases of the project

General competence

Students will be able to:

  • Be part of and lead a hydropower development project
  • Be part of and in charge of hydropower operation team
  • Conduct a feasibility study of a hydropower project
  • 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.

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 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Investment and Cost Analyses
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Building and Construction Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Rock Engineering
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Construction Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Geology
  • Hydraulics
  • Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Hydropower


Examination arrangement: Written examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 25/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 75/100 G 2024-05-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 10
Summer UTS School exam 75/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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