St Joseph Engineering College Vamanjoor, Mangaluru

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NBA-Accredited: B.E. (CSE, ECE, EEE, & ME)

ME: IIEDC Industrial visit to “Varahi hydro power plant, Hosangadi and Mani dam, Yadur”

Feb 25, 2019 - Feb 25, 2019 @ 6:30 AM

The Industry Interaction Cell of Mechanical Engineering organized one-day Industrial visit for final year students to “Varahi hydro power plant, Hosaagadi and Mani dam, Yadur”. Total of 21 students along with one staff took part in the visit. Visit was scheduled on 25/02/2019 at 6.30 A.M - 7.00 P.M. Mr. Chiranth B.P Assistant professor, Dept of ME coordinated the visit.

The main objective of this visit is to

  1. Give an overview of the different part in the hydro power plant.
  2. Enhance their knowledge on the working of hydro power plant.

Varahi Hydro Electric Project is a 4 Units x 115MW = 460 MW hydro power plant. The river Varahi takes its birth at a height of 730 m in the Western Ghats at Hebbagilu, near Agumbe in Shimoga District. Varahi is Karnataka's first underground powerhouse – a key milestone in the corporation history of KPCL.

Varahi Hydro Electric Project initially conceived as a surface power house at the blueprint stage. Later converted into an underground Powerhouse due to Economical and Concern for environment protection.  Varahi was started with two different stages. Stage I of the Varahi Hydro Electric Project has a total installed capacity of 230 MW and Stage II of the Varahi Hydro Electric Project has a total installed capacity of 230 MW contributing 1100 MU annually. This consists of 4 X 115 MW generating Units at Varahi underground Powerhouse. We also visited Mani Dam (Dam attached power plant) where two 4.5 MW units are set up.

This visit enhanced students’ knowledge on

       Idea of the working environment of the hydro power station.

       Parameters considered for the selection of turbine in the plant.

       Working principle of Pelton and Kaplan turbine.

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