About the Laboratory

  • Hydropower Simulation Laboratory (HSL) is a part of Dept. of Water Resources Development and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. It aims to model and simulate hydroelectric systems and to validate the developed models through laboratory prototype.
  • Unique features: It deals with the simulation of graphical input/output of the various components of a hydropower plant, including the dam, penstock, hydro-mechanical equipment, hydro-generators (both synchronous and asynchronous in large capacity), multi-channel power electronic circuits for excitation and variable speed operation, grid interface, etc.
  • To support the simulation study, the following additional facilities are developed.
    1. Real time interface, through DS 1104 and DS 1202 MicroLabBox, of simulation tool with the prototype model of various generators used in hydropower plants.
    2. Possible grid disturbances are created with the help of programmable AC power source and analyze the performance of hydro-generating equipment.
  • Collaborative/Sponsored Research: The laboratory is committed for the research in support of national organizations including THDC India Limited (Rishikesh), Central Power Research Institute (Bangalore), Department of Science of Technology (New Delhi), and Ministry of Shipping (New Delhi). In addition, the laboratory is collaborated with Indian Maritime University (Visakhapatnam) through a research project.
  • Full Spectrum Simulator: The laboratory has signed an MoU with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Thiruvananthapuram for Full Spectrum Simulator (Mini) program under the support of National Mission on Power Electronics Technology (NaMPET), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • Equipment & Software available in the laboratory: The laboratory is well equipped with synchronous and asynchronous generators, power electronic converters, digital signal processors and dSPACE control kits, power quality analyzers, programmable power supplies and software packages including MATLAB, SIMSEN, and PLECS. In addition, a real time simulator from Opal-RT Technologies is procured recently.
  • Courses offered:
    The laboratory offers a PG course entitled “Modelling and Simulation of Hydro-Electric Energy Systems” which provides a platform for the P.G/Ph.D students to share their views and experience among industrialists, fellow researchers, and academicians in the emerging areas of hydropower engineering.
  • Targets/Goals in the next five years:
    1. Development of software solutions for renovation and modernization of Indian hydropower plants.
    2. Create an industrial collaboration for hydropower real-time simulation.
    3. Development of power and control circuit redundancy for variable speed hydrogenerating units. 
    4. Implementation of cyber physical system for hydro power plants to enhance its cyber securities.

Laboratory Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report of Hydropower Simulation Laboratory:



2019 Annual Report of Hydropower Simulation Laboratory