DUE TO THE EXPONENTIAL GROWTH OF INTERMITTENT ENERGY SOURCES SUCH AS WIND AND SOLAR, HYDRAULIC MACHINES MUST INCREASE THEIR FLEXIBILITY WHILE MAINTAINING THEIR RELIABILITY AND PERFORMANCE. THE CHAIR PUTS INNOVATION AT THE SERVICE OF TOMORROW'S HYDRAULIC ENERGY.
A MAJOR CHANGE IN THE USE OF HYDROELECTRIC POWER DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION
Hydraulic power must be able to supply energy rapidly to the electrical network in the event of a drop in intermittent production and to allow for energy storage in periods of overproduction. Today, hydraulic machines must be much more flexible with extremely wide operating ranges. They are thus subjected to significant mechanical stresses that can lead to a significant reduction in their service life.
A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE TO MAINTAIN THE COMPETITIVENESS OF FRENCH PRODUCTS
It is in this context that the Hydro'Like Chair was created to federate the research efforts of several academic laboratories in Grenoble and the General Electric Renewable Energy (GE) technology center in order to remove the many technological barriers.
This center of excellence will enable GE Renewable Energy to strengthen and perpetuate its presence in the Rhône-Alpes region by increasing its activity and its R&D collaborations in more upstream research fields.
This research is necessary to maintain the competitiveness of French products in the face of increasingly strong competition from players in emerging countries.
This development of GE Renewable Energy's R&D activity also has a direct impact on the activity of SMEs involved in control and monitoring solutions, the construction of new laboratories (civil engineering and equipment) as well as the construction of model turbines.
Finally, this cluster of excellence benefits from a strong synergy with the Ternerrdis competitiveness cluster and helps strengthen the international visibility of Grenoble and its region.
The Chair federates the research efforts of several academic laboratories in Grenoble and the General Electric Renewable Energy (GE) technology center. It promotes interdisciplinary research addressing a wide range of scientific and technical fields: hydraulics, structural mechanics, materials, control and monitoring, additive manufacturing... This research combines both high-performance computing and advanced experimentation.
The Chair also aims to promote hydraulics, the leading source of renewable energy, to a wide audience in France and abroad. Training, knowledge dissemination and international exchanges are thus organized. Particular emphasis is placed on helping humanitarian student associations to promote innovative concepts for micro-hydropower in developing countries.
The founding partners of the Chair
Research and training areas
HYDRODYNAMICS, TURBULENCE, INSTABILITIES, HYDROACOUSTICS, FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTIONS AND MECHANICAL CONSTRAINTS
High performance computing and optimization methods for the design of hydraulic machines
CAVITATION AND MATERIALS
Experimental and numerical study of the mechanisms of damage of materials by cavitation; characterization and modeling
CONTROL, MONITORING, MEASUREMENT AND SENSORS
Development of innovative techniques of "Machine Learning" for optimization and control of the operation of hydraulic machines
Development of efficient additive manufacturing techniques for the economic design of model turbines.