Publication Date

Summer 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Problem Statement

The goal of this project was to create a demonstrative model of a Pumped Hydroelectric Storage System (PHS). A PHS stores energy by draining water from an upper reservoir through a turbine to generate electricity. This water is then pumped from a lower reservoir to the original upper reservoir to restart the system cycle. Using existing PHS applications, a small-scale prototype was built using an aquarium pump and mini turbine, along with PVC and plastic containers. When water is run through the system, a multimeter can be used to show the power output of the system. In addition to functionality, the system was designed to be portable, have low power consumption, and low maintenance for the user.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)