Small Hydropower Articles

  • Lower village hydro - Case study

    The Lower Village Hydro Dam was built in 1995 and is located on the Sugar River in Claremont, New Hampshire. The plant was last operational in 2011and was acquired by Sugar River Power LLC in January 2017, which owns and operates four other small hydro plants in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. ...

  • 45 Mile Hydro Project - Case Study

    Apple Inc. Culver, Or The computer and electronics giant, Apple, Inc. is the owner of a small hydroelectric plant in Culver, Oregon, which it operates as part of its ongoing commitment to power its resources exclusively with green energy. ...

  • The future of Solar Power

    When you think of renewable energies, what do you think of? Hydro power? Wind energy? In fact, they have proven to be the most popular in recent years. Hydro power in its current form is the cheapest of the renewable energies. Wind power is the fastest growing. However, there is a renewable energy that is far more versatile ...

  • A conceptual framework for real time estimation of WFP for small hydroelectric power plant

    It is believed that the power sector, particularly hydroelectric power, contributes to a very high consumption of fresh water in terms of evaporation from storage reservoirs. Robust methods of water footprint (WFP) assessment will eventually help in the pricing of water and energy. Conventionally, WFP for hydropower plants is estimated by dividing the gross/net evaporation losses by power ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Forecasting monthly energy production of small hydropower plants in ungauged basins using grey model and improved seasonal index

    A first-order one-variable grey model (GM(1,1)) is combined with improved seasonal index (ISI) to forecast monthly energy production for small hydropower plants (SHPs) in an ungauged basin, in which the ISI is used to weaken the seasonality of input data for the GM(1,1) model. The ISI is calculated by a hybrid model combining K-means clustering technique and ratio-to-moving-average method, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy

    I flew into Unalakleet, Alaska, on a late fall day. With about 700 people, Unalakleet is large by rural Alaska standards and serves as a regional hub. The village is located on a sandy spit of land where a clear river meets the turbid water of the Bering Sea. Out the plane window the sun shone bright, glittering off the wind-tossed whitecaps of the sea. To the east, the rolling Nulato Hills, clad ...


    By Ensia

  • Understanding water-society nexus: insights from Turkey's small-scale hydropower policy

    Turkey's recent venture involving the construction of hundreds of small-scale hydropower projects is a significant trend, both in regard to its contribution to Turkey's hydroelectricity production and the social and environmental impact of these projects at the local level. Turkey's hydropower policy was premised on a conventional understanding of water driven by science, technology, and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power

    The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025. As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of ...


    By Ensia

  • Micro-Hydros Earn First Carbon Revenue in Nepal

    MICRO-HYDROS EARN FIRST CARBON REVENUE IN NEPAL While the rugged mountains of rural Nepal don’t lend themselves to grid-fed electricity, their rivers, lakes, and glacial melt offer plenty of renewable resources for energy. Between 2007 and 2014, over 400 micro run-of-the-river hydropower plants were built by the Nepali government with help from the World Bank as ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Energizing our green future

    As world leaders come together at the UN General Assembly to adopt new sustainable development goals, climate change activists gear up for Climate Week in New York City and the Pope brings his message to the United Nations, a shared vision of ...


    By The World Bank

  • Micropower system modeling with Homer

    The HOMER Micropower Optimization Model is a computer model developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to assist in the design of micropower systems and to facilitate the comparison of power generation technologies across a wide range of applications. HOMER models a power system's physical behavior and its life-cycle cost, which is the total cost of installing and operating ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • Towards realising social sustainability in the small hydropower sector in India: opportunities for social innovations

    This paper investigates the SHP sector in India and aims at finding out its contribution towards realising social sustainability and if there are any opportunities for generating social innovations. Various stakeholders connected to the SHP industry were interviewed in four states of India to explore the existing situation of this industry. The data was acquired through 28 individual in–depth ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Website offers global view of small hydroelectric projects

    It is now easier to access reliable data on small hydropower projects globally following the launch of a website designed to promote this technology, says a UN body. The UN Industrial Development Organization ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Energy recovery in the water industry using micro-hydropower: an opportunity to improve sustainability

    The water industry as a whole consumes a considerable amount of energy in the treatment and distribution of water and wastewater. Like all sectors of society today, the industry is focusing efforts on reducing its CO2 emissions and improving the sustainability of its systems and practices. One way of achieving this is through the use of micro-hydropower (MHP) installations in water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Looking back to look forward

    In 2014 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, the oldest of the Energy Institute’s predecessor organisations. We will be publishing throughout the year a series of interviews with eminent figures from the world of energy, reflecting on how the past can inform the future. This month, Walt Patterson FEI takes a radical view of ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • SHP stations and integrated rural development: a multivariate statistical approach

    The multi-functional role of the rural space is gradually being enhanced in recent decades, as agriculture seems to be losing its leading position. The diversification of local economies through the exploitation of natural resources is being highlighted as a fundamental driving force for development. Renewable Energy Resources (RES) and, more specifically, the establishment of Small Hydropower ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Usages of free-flow hydraulic turbines and boosting their energy efficiency

    The article analyses engineering solutions of free-flow hydraulic turbines and ways of making them more energy efficient through application of the hydrodynamic effect of boosting the flow power. Keywords: energy; energy efficiency; capacity; power; turbine; free-flow; flow; water wheel; depth; hydrodynamic; effect; feedback; hydraulic jump MAIN PART ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The potential impacts of climate change on hydropower generation in Mid Wales

    Hydropower is a potential large source of electricity supply in Wales. The Upper River Severn in Mid Wales is a typical stream where a high head hydropower scheme could be developed and the river system at Plynlimon has some of the longest records for weather and flow in Wales. A micro-hydropower potential of 99 kW is demonstrated at Plynlimon and the potential impacts of climate change are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Energy recovery potential using micro hydropower in water supply networks in the UK and Ireland

    The supply and treatment of water is a highly energy intensive process, resulting in large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions as well as incurring large economic costs. Both governments and water service providers worldwide recognise the need for more sustainable water supply systems. In recent years, the use of hydropower turbines within water supply networks has been shown as a viable option ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Asia–Pacific Analysis: The slow road to green energy

    More Asia–Pacific countries need to embrace renewable energy and follow the first tentative steps of some governments, says Crispin Maslog. The South-East Asia and Pacific region is blessed with abundant sources of 'green' energy ...


    By SciDev.Net

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