Monitoring a hydrokinetic converter system for remaining energy in hydropower plants


  • Rafael Castilho Faria Mendes Universidade de Brasília
  • Ramsay R Mac Donald
  • Ana Rafaela S. Miranda
  • Rudi H van Els
  • Maurício A. Nunes
  • Antonio C. P. Brasil Jr


Hydrokinetic turbines, Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Instrumentation, system monitoring, graphical user interface


The aim of the present paper is to discuss the monitoring strategies for a modular hydrokinetic turbine system. A floating triangular-frame arrangement of three propeller hydrokinetic turbines is installed in the outflow channel of a hydropower plant, in the interest of remaining water stream energy conversion. The monitoring techniques based on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are reported, taking into account the specific framework of the instrumentation and data management in field experiments.


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