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.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)
Grace, Kristen; Thammanok, Supapan; and Lunge, Leticia Zoratto, "JME 4110: Water Reservoir Energy Storage" (2021). Washington University / UMSL Mechanical Engineering Design Project JME 4110. 44.