Small Hydro Development Pitfalls and Successes


06.01.2019 Laura Bull

Trondheim, Norway | Week 21 | Date: 20-25 May 2019 | Application deadline: 24 March 2019 | Registration fee: 17,000 NOK | Arrival to Norway: 19 May 2019 | Departure: 26 May 2019

Small hydropower schemes are increasingly on the agenda of governments and developers across the world. While small hydropower is an option for governments to tap the resources of tributary river resources, helping better protect mainstream river systems, it is also a common misunderstanding that small hydropower has less environmental and social impacts than larger schemes. If not planned and managed in a sustainable manner, small hydropower projects can leave behind a big environmental and social footprint. With this said, when small hydropower is planned in cascades and in strategic locations using advanced technology, the benefits can be significant for countries that are aiming to increase their domestic energy capacities.

This course reviews and evaluates the current trends in small hydropower development, encouraging critical thinking on planning from a cumulative perspective. Course participants will arrive at a common understanding of efficient tools needed to achieve the sustainable development of small hydropower.


OBJECTIVE
The course will introduce the participants to the essential issues in the pre-feasibility phase of a potential project required to assess the environmental and economic sustainability of the small hydropower projects. The course will explore different solutions from a civil, mechanical and electrical engineering perspective.

Participants will learn the benefits small hydro when planned successfully.

TOPICS

  • The roles of government and the regulator
  • Financial institutions safeguard and sustainability
  • Hydrology, production estimates, environmental flows and sustainability
  • Environmental flows and cumulative impacts of many small hydro projects.
  • Appropriate and low-cost small hydro technical solutions
  • Reservoir sedimentation and sediment management
  • Small Hydro planning and operation challenges often underestimated
  • Turbine selection, quality and reliability standards and visit to turbine laboratory
  • Cost estimating of small hydro Diversified investment portfolio

TARGET GROUPS
The course is aimed at medium and high-levelmanagement in power companies and public agencies and governments involved in power supply and rural electrification.



 
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