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Engineering Group Thematic Network on Small Hydro Power

Presentation of the European strategy document for RD&D in small hydropower. Bolzano 18th September 2003

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Engineering Group Thematic Network on Small Hydro Power

Target of the strategy document The target of this document is to present an overview of small hydro in Europe, which specify : y The development potential y The obstacles likely to be encountered, y The state of the market and of industry, y The state of the environmental integration y The state of RTD. 03/08/2005

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Why a strategy document ? Maturity of large hydro has held the false opinion that there is no much scope for technical development and improvement in any hydropower system. There is however considerable scope for : 1.

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Designing and developing material and construction procedure aiming to reduce strongly the environmental impact of SHPs (in other words, how the technological development can help the environmental integration of SHPs) Improving the cost-effectiveness of SHPs, especially in low head developments, both through technical and non-technical innovations.

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Content of the European strategy document. y Necessity of a European RTD strategy in small hydro power. y European strategy definition. y Priorities and objectives. y Means to reach the objectives. 03/08/2005

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Necessity of a European RTD strategy in small hydropower. y y y y y y y

Description of small hydropower plant Development potential Obstacles to potential development Specific cost of small hydro State of the industry State of RTD Why RTD in small hydro is necessary

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European Strategy y General topics y General design y Civil work y Electromechanical equipment y Control and monitoring systems y Environmental integration 03/08/2005

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Priorities and objectives y y y y y y y y

General topics General design Civil work Electromechanical equipment Control and monitoring systems Environmental integration Technical priorities Non-technical priorities

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Engineering Group Thematic Network on Small Hydro Power

Who will make an input in the document ? y The engineering group members y The Thematic Network partners y The workshops delegates y Anybody involved in small hydro via the web site

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Engineering Group Thematic Network on Small Hydro Power

Schedule y By the end of September 2003 : Bolzano meeting feedback and workshop results integration. y By mid-October : Last revision of the document by the thematic network partners y By the end of October : Document ready for publication on the web site. 03/08/2005

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Engineering Group Thematic Network on Small Hydro Power

Discussion’s subjects y Cost & efficiency for small hydro projects (Christer Soderberg, SERO) y Engineering and environmental integration (Luigi Papetti, Studio Frosio)

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