Hydro4U demonstrates innovative and sustainable hydropower solutions targeting unexplored small-scale hydropower (SHP) potential in Central Asia (CA). The project will consider future climate change and transboundary challenges and will integrate them into the Water/Food/Energy/Climate nexus.
Hydro4U supports CA to build a low-carbon, climate resilient future and is in line with the EU strategic directions expressed in the Water Framework Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive, thus fostering, on the one hand, cross-border water and energy management, the relation between CA and the EU and, on the other hand, the worldwide leadership of the European hydropower industry.
- Bringing together industry, politics, science and stakeholders from CA and EU.
- Demonstration of two sustainable SHP solutions: Kaplan and Francis based turbines.
- Optimizing the impact of SHPs by focusing on long-term solutions in a cliamte-sensitive, transboundary WFEC nexus context.
- Support the competitiveness and sustainable market uptake of European SHP in CA and globally.
- Development of a GIS-based decision support tool (scale-based screening and decision matrix) to explore unexploited SHP potential and determine site-specific sustainability.
- Development of scalable Water Accounting System to manage water resources under the WFEC nexus context.
- Development of a SHP replication guideline tool.
- Quantified SHP potential for CA, spatially illustrated by maps.
- Implementation of the decision support tool and verification at 10 sites.
- Best policy practices for climate-proofed benefits sharing between riparian users.
- Production of 3 feasibility studies.
- Validation of the replication guideline in at least 3 sites.
- Market analysis and exploitation roadmaps for Hydro4U solutions.
Total budget: 11,488,428 €
EU Contribution: 9,931,160€
Duration: 01/06/2021 – 31/06/2026
PhD. Raquel López Fernández
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