6th International symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines (CRHT-VI) was held on 14 March 2016 in Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel. CRHT is an effort of Turbine Testing Lab to create a platform for aspiring researchers from hydropower sector to share their ideas and information regarding their research activities. This event was held for the sixth time as CRHT-VI after the successful completion of the previous five events in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Other renewable energy source was included as additional topics for the symposium.
The event began from the welcome speech by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Member Secretary at TTL and Assoc. Prof. and HOD at DOME, and followed by the presentation on recent activities at TTL by Mr. Binaya Baidar, Research Fellow at the lab. Prof. Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug from NTNU presented remarks and keynote speech on potential and research areas of hydropower inside and outside Nepal. Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor at Kathmandu University delivered the inaugural speech focusing on the necessity of implementing the research outputs. Guest presentation was then given by Mr. Bill Gammon and Mr. Diggaj Regmi from SkillBuild Australia. The inaugural program was concluded by the keynote speech on geology of Nepal and its relation to sediment erosion in hydraulic turbines from Dr. Krishna Kanta Panthi, Associate Professor at NTNU.
The full program detail is here
The event was scheduled under two parallel sessions led by respective chairs. Full paper system was introduced from this year and the topic of the papers/presentations was divided into 4 groups:
1) Sediment erosion in hydraulic turbines
2) Modeling and simulation in hydropower
3) Renewable energy, devices, and energy efficiency
4) Experimental methods in hydropower
There were all together 19 presentations with 10 in the first session and 9 in the second session representing Kathmandu University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Nanyang Technological University, Lund University and Multiconsult ASA, Norway. The presentations detail is here
Both the sessions were conducted parallel in Senate Hall and Mini Auditorium. One session was chaired by Dr. Ole Gunnar Dahlhaug, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, whereas the other session (in parallel) was chaired by Dr. Krishna Kanta Panthi and Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha. Each presenter was given 15 minutes: 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes was allocated for questions and answers. Each session was concluded by the certificate distributions.
Professor Bim Prasad Shrestha gave remarks on behalf of session chairs and emphasized on the research culture being developed at TTL and inspirations for other units at KU. Remarks from Confucius Institute at KU, one of the supporters of the event delivered remarks on the event and followed by the certificate distributions. Prof. Bhola Thapa, Registrar at KU delivered the closing speech and vote of thanks. Prof. Thapa highlighted the history of TTL establishment, CRHT symposium, and the future research directions.
The event was coordinated by volunteers of Mechanical engineering Mr. Subhanjan Bista and Ms. Priyanka Chauhan emceed the program.