Sri Lanka’s history of mini hydro – balancing development vs. environment.

Sri Lanka’s history of mini hydro – balancing development vs. environment.

Sri Lanka’s history of mini hydro power is indeed notable yet times and motives have changed and several cases of environmentally destructive projects have emerged in the past 30 years. It must be understood that our island nation is unique in its centralized drainage pattern and while viable for mini hydro power development, the carrying […]

Three new micro-hydro stations opened in Pakistan.

Three new micro-hydro stations opened in Pakistan.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday inaugurated three micro hydropower generation stations in Battagram district with main focus on inexpensive electricity to consumers. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Provincial Minister for Education and Energy Atif Khan on Wednesday jointly inaugurated the 305 KW power stations. Imran said these projects would generate inexpensive electricity […]

Philippines’s untapped small hydro potential still to be developed.

Philippines’s untapped small hydro potential still to be developed.

According to Repower Energy Development Corp. (REDC) mini-hydropower projects must have priority in terms of investment support to meet the Philippines’s need for clean power. Repower Energy Development Corporation (REDC) is a renewable energy developer of mini-hydropower projects through a “clustered approach method” where several projects are in a target area providing for shared economies of scale […]

Nepal hydropower – simple as that but why does it not boom?

The second richest country in inland water resources Bestowed with 2.27% of the world water resources, 818,500 Ha of total water surface area, about 6,000 rivers including rivulets and tributaries totaling about 45,000 KM in length, Nepal is regarded as the second richest country in inland water resources in the world. With the abundance of […]

Repower Energy Development breaks ground for a run-of-river HPP in Upper Labayat.

Repower Energy Development breaks ground for a run-of-river HPP in Upper Labayat.

Repower Energy Development Corp. (REDC) broke ground for a run-of-river hydropower plant project in Upper Labayat, Quezon Province in partnership with the Frabelle and TSP Marine Group, a giant food and fishing conglomerate which recently ventured into the renewables business through a consortium with Markham Resources to build mini hydroelectric plants that will cover Luzon […]

Smith Engineering proposes new micro hydro device.

Smith Engineering proposes new micro hydro device.

A new high-efficiency, flat-pack waterwheel concept that is capable of generating up to 6kW/hr of electricity from a continuous water flow of 200 litres per second is creating a lot of interest among farmers and landowners with rivers running through their properties. Developed by Cumbria-based Smith Engineering, the waterwheel secured the only award of the day at a Knowledge Exchange Workshop held at Energus in Workington […]

Major policy and regulatory reforms needed to revive hydropower in India.

Major policy and regulatory reforms needed to revive hydropower in India.

India is endowed with rich hydropower potential to the tune of 148 GW (which would be able to meet a demand of 84 GW at 60% load factor) which makes it one of the most important potential sources to meet the energy security needs of the country. Yet, the development of hydropower installations in the […]