Renewable Energetic Developments

Academic year
Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

General Hydraulics I, General Hydraulics II, Hydrology and Water Resources, Project Management.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical classes for exposition and demonstration of basic concepts. One of the lectures is used for a study visit.

Learning Outcomes

This curricular unit aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated overview of the Renewable Power Installations. It can be divided into a general component eminently descriptive and an applied component focused in the area of multipurpose fluvial hydropower plants. The ultimate goal of this discipline is to give students the ability to develop technical economic and financial feasibility studies of fluvial hydropower plants and participate in feasibility studies for wind farms.

Work Placement(s)



Basic concepts about energy. Overview of functioning basis of various types of renewable hydroelectric power systems. The national strategy for energy. Analysis of hydroelectric power systems where fluids play an important role like tidal hydropower plants, the sea waves hydropower devices, fluvial and wind power systems. Components of fluvial hydropower plant. The process of designing a fluvial hydropower plant. Components of a wind farm. Measurement and distribution of the wind resource in International, European and National levels. The statistical modeling of the wind resource. Atmospheric boundary layer - variation of horizontal velocity with height to the ground - Prandtl logarithmic profile. Effect of obstacles and wake effect. The Betz limit. The variation of power coefficient. The evolution of the wind farms in Portugal. The revenue evaluation process of wind farm energy production.

Assessment Methods

Época de Recurso - Opção A
Relatório de visita de estudo : 10.0%
Exame curto : 40.0%
Relatório de resolução de problema : 50.0%

Época Especial - Opção B
Exame longo : 100.0%

Época Normal
Relatório de visita de estudo : 10.0%
Exame curto : 40.0%
Relatório de resolução de problema: 50.0%


ASCE/EPRI,  "Civil Engin. Guidelines for Planning and Designing Hydroelectric Developments”, New York, 1989.

ESHA - "Layman's Guidebook on How to develop a small hydro site", Dr Celso Penche, ESHA, 1998.

INAG, Instituto da Água – “Curso de Exploração e Segurança de Barragens”, Lisboa 2001.

J.F. Manwell; J.G. McNown; A.L. Rogers,  "Wind Energy Explained - Theory, Design and Application”, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, England, 2002.

RAMOS, H. et al. -"Guidelines for design of Small Hydropower Plants",WREAN and DED, Belfast, N.Ireland, 2000.