How To Develop A Small Hydropower Site

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May 10, 2011

How To Develop A Small Hydropower Site


The following PDF, written by European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), summarizes the main aspects of small hydropower sites’ development.


A guide on how to develop a small hydropower site – contents

The guide contains the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Hydraulic Engineering
  • Chapter 3: Evaluating Stream Flow
  • Chapter 4: Site Evaluation Methodologies
  • Chapter 5: Hydraulic Structures
  • Chapter 6: Electromechanical Equipment
  • Chapter 7: Environmental Impact and its Mitigation
  • Chapter 8: Economic Analysis
  • Chapter 9: Administrative Procedures

The file was found at ESHA’s site (note: the site seems that it is no longer updated). In the file below, I have just added some bookmarks (for the main chapters). The guide is highly recommended to all engineers.




The zip file contains the guide in PDF format.


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Christos Samaras

Hi, I am Christos, a Mechanical Engineer by profession (Ph.D.) and a Software Developer by obsession (10+ years of experience)! I founded this site back in 2011 intending to provide solutions to various engineering and programming problems.

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