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World Small Hydropower Development Report

Abstract

Currently, small hydropower plants with a capacity of 10 MW, exist in 148 countries or territories worldwide. Four other countries have been identified with resource potential. This report aims to identify the development status and resource potential of small hydro in various countries, territories and regions throughout the world. Working with experts at the ground level to compile and share existing information, experiences and challenges, one comprehensive report was created. Decision-makers, stakeholders and potential investors clearly need this comprehensive information to more effectively promote small hydropower as a renewable and rural energy source for sustainable development and to overcome the existing development barriers. The findings of this report show that small hydropower potential globally is approximated at almost 173 GW. The figure is arrived by totaling data from a wide range of sources with potential compromise of data integrity to varying degrees. For example, research data on economically feasible potential were more readily available in developed countries than those in the least developed or developing countries. More than half of the world's known hydropower potential is located in Asia, around one third can be found in Europe and the Americas. It is possible in the future that more small hydropower  More>>
Authors:
Liu, Heng; Esser, Lara; [1]  Masera, Diego [2] 
  1. ICSGP (China)
  2. UNIDO, Vienna (Austria)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2013
Product Type:
Technical Report
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; SMALL-SCALE HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS; POWER GENERATION; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
OSTI ID:
1120941
Research Organizations:
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna (Austria); International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province (China)
Country of Origin:
China
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: CN14OA501
Availability:
Latest edition is available from www.smallhydroworld.org . The site also includes a portal to view specific countries/regions regarding current and potential small hydro use.
Submitting Site:
ETDE
Size:
466 p.
Announcement Date:
Feb 24, 2014

Citation Formats

Liu, Heng, Esser, Lara, and Masera, Diego. World Small Hydropower Development Report. China: N. p., 2013. Web.
Liu, Heng, Esser, Lara, & Masera, Diego. World Small Hydropower Development Report. China.
Liu, Heng, Esser, Lara, and Masera, Diego. 2013. "World Small Hydropower Development Report." China.
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title = {World Small Hydropower Development Report}
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abstractNote = {Currently, small hydropower plants with a capacity of 10 MW, exist in 148 countries or territories worldwide. Four other countries have been identified with resource potential. This report aims to identify the development status and resource potential of small hydro in various countries, territories and regions throughout the world. Working with experts at the ground level to compile and share existing information, experiences and challenges, one comprehensive report was created. Decision-makers, stakeholders and potential investors clearly need this comprehensive information to more effectively promote small hydropower as a renewable and rural energy source for sustainable development and to overcome the existing development barriers. The findings of this report show that small hydropower potential globally is approximated at almost 173 GW. The figure is arrived by totaling data from a wide range of sources with potential compromise of data integrity to varying degrees. For example, research data on economically feasible potential were more readily available in developed countries than those in the least developed or developing countries. More than half of the world's known hydropower potential is located in Asia, around one third can be found in Europe and the Americas. It is possible in the future that more small hydropower potential might be identified both on the African and American continents. The installed small hydropower capacity (up to 10 MW) is estimated to be 75 GW in 2011/2012. The report provides detailed data for each country/region, including recommendations on the national, regional and international level.}
place = {China}
year = {2013}
month = {Jul}
}