Two faculty members from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) Engr. Jezreel Tuquero and Melchor Jaramilla. attended the 21st International Training Program on Small Hydropower Development at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. The training was held on September 15-26, 2014.
Sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Government of India and organized by the Alternate Hydro Energy Center (AHEC), IIT Roorkee, the event was attended by participants from Bangladesh, Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
Regarding the training activity, a report from Engr. Tuquero and Engr. Jaramilla states that “the training methodologies were a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises and laboratory tours. Topics that were discussed included the use of modern investigation equipment, application of remote sensing and GIS for SHP planning, selection of hydro turbines for SHP, water mills for multipurpose applications, site selection and investigations for SHP, water power studies, design of civil works, electrical load forecasting, simulation of SHP, uses of topographic maps for resource assessment, hydro electric generators and excitation system, engineering geological appraisal of SHP site, 4.8 MW Aleo-II hydropower plant in Manali, livelihood activities through SHP, renewable energy in India, operation and maintenance of hydropower station, power distribution, hydro mechanical equipment, global overview of SHP development, feed-in tariff, renewable energy programmes and community based decentralized generation in the state,” among many others. In addition, Engr. Jaramilla also gave a presentation entitled “Hydro Resource Utilization in the Philippines and its Potential in the Province of Palawan.
University President Dr. Jeter Sepseñe remarked that it was important for PSU faculty to be able to travel both locally and abroad to learn about the changing trends in technology, engineering, and education, and how it can benefit PSU and Palawan as a whole.