News about meetings, milestones and from HYPOSO partners.
23 March 2021
AFRICA 2021 is planned to take place at the luxurious Speke Resort Munyonyo beside Lake Victoria, from 13 to 15 July. Organized by Aqua-Media International, in partnership with ICOLD, and with strong support from the Government of Uganda, the event will cover practical and topical issues related to renewable energy and water resources development, with a special focus on topics of relevance to the African region. Sessions will cover project planning tools, finance, design and construction, technology, safety of dams and powerplants, small hydro for rural electrification, hybrid RE schemes, environmental and social issues, climate, and transboundary projects.
Following the very successful session at HYDRO 2020 on line, HYPOSO will once again host a special session.
HYPOSO project developments in Uganda and Cameroon
The findings of the EU-supported research project HYPOSO will be presented and discussed concerning two African target countries - Uganda and Cameroon. The project developments will include the results of the analysis of the small hydropower framework conditions in these two countries as well as the progress towards identification of potential SHP sites. The selected 3 case studies per each country will be presented and challenges in their development will be discussed in order to consider a proposal of recommendations on how to facilitate projects in Uganda and Cameroon. The project experts will also elaborate on the idea of knowledge and capacity development in the hydropower sector for the target countries as well as show the opportunities of promoting the European small hydropower industry there. It is expected that the conclusions from the debate held during the session will help relevant governments, authorities and local stakeholders to create better framework conditions for hydropower investment and that the European know-how will be able to foster the transition into more sustainable energy systems in African countries.
30 October 2020
The HYPOSO presentations at HYDRO 2020 were a great success and attracted the interest of hydropower stakeholders from around the world. A complete 2.5 hours session was dedicated to HYPOSO. Veronica Minaya (EPN, Ecuador) and Bernhard Pelikan (Studio Frosio, Austria) were perfect hosts for the session.
It started with a general project overview by HYPOSO Coordinator Ingo Ball (WIP, Germany). Then, Petras Punys (VMU, Lithuania) presented the project's methodological approach for the framework condition reports that were carried out at the beginning of the project. The results of the framework conditions for the HYPOSO target countries were then presented by Joseph Kenfack (SHW) for Cameroon, Dan Marlon Nabutsabi (HPAU) for Uganda, Andres Gonzales Amaya (UMSS) for Bolivia, Carlos Velasquez (CELAPEH) for Colombia, and Veronica Minaya (EPN) for Ecuador. Beatrice Baratti (Studio Frosio, Italy) presented then the methodology to select the most promising hydropower sites which will be further used in the project. Miroslav Marence (IHE Delft, the Netherlands) gave then an overview about the scope of the planned capacity building courses which are planned from the year 2021 on. Concluding, Tasniem Jawaid (EREF, Belgium) presented the efforts to develop a comprehensive stakeholder list for the European hydropower industry, as well as the so-called HYPOSO Platform, which enables stakeholders from the HYPOSO target countries to get in direct contact with interested stakeholders from the European hydropower industry.
20 October 2020
As every year, HYDRO 2020 conference and exhibition will bring together the world’s leading hydro developers, consultants, researchers, universities, financing institutions and manufacturing companies. However, in a change from the usual in-person format, this year's event will take place online.
Speakers will focus on the most relevant topics facing the hydropower sector today and among 40 sessions one will be dedicated to the HYPOSO project and its findings!
The session will be organized on Tuesday, 27 October from 9.00 till 10.30 CET and co-chaired by project experts, Professor Bernhard Pelikan from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Austria and Professor Veronica Minaya Maldonado from the University of Quito in Ecuador.
At the session project experts will present the objectives and scope of the HYPOSPO project as well as first results including the overviews of the small hydropower framework conditions in selected African and Latin American countries, namely Cameroon, Uganda, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. Afterward, the process of the selection of high potential sites' for small hydro projects development will be presented. The project experts will also elaborate on the idea of knowledge and capacity development in the hydropower sector for developing and emerging countries as well as show the opportunities of promoting the European small hydropower industry in the target countries. After the presentations the Q&A session is planned.
If you are interested and have not yet registered, you can view the whole Programme of HYDRO2020 and register via the website at: www.hydropower-dams.com/hydro-2020/register-online/
10 October 2020
HYPOSO - participants of the second progress meeting
On 6 and 7 October 2020, the HYPOSO consortium gathered for a third time to update each other on the progresses made in their work and to discuss upcoming tasks and challenges.
One highlight of the meeting was the status quo demonstration of the HYPOSO Map, an online tool, showing hydropower related information and mapping existing and potential hydropower sites in the HYPOSO target countries.
The project partners from the HYPOSO target countries Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador in Latin America, and Cameroon and Uganda in Africa, presented
Another major step that was presented, was the selection of the sites in Cameroon and Uganda, for which will business case studies will be elaborated. The prevailing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic pose a challenge for the on-site work which is needed for proper studies, and was thus discussed, as in many other projects.
Insights in the results of HYPOSO will be given soon, on 27 October 2020. The HYPOSO project has a dedicated session during HYDRO 2020 ( https://www.hydropower-dams.com/hydro-2020/ ), which will also be an online event this year. We look forward to share and discuss the HYPOSO project with interested colleagues.
23 September 2020
On 21 and 23 September 2020, HYPOSO project partner Studio Frosio organized two online workshops to select the best potential hydropower sites that shall be investigated within the project in Cameroon and Uganda.
At the first workshop for Cameroon, on 21 Septenmber 2020, local HYPOSO project partner Solarhydrowatt managed to welcome stakeholders from the utility ENEO Cameroon, the Electricity Sector Regulatory Agency (ARSEL - Agence de Régulation du Secteur de l'Electricité), the Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEE - Mnistère de l'Eau et de l'Energie du Cameroun), and the Electricity Development Corporation (EDC).
The second workshop, on 23 September 2020, was dedicated to the site selection in Uganda. HYPOSO project partner HPAU gathered representatives from eleven different stakeholders, including the Rural Electrification Agency, Rwenzori Power Ltd., PROESS Consulting Engineers, Kibaale HPP, Electrige Engineering Ltd and Uganda Development Bank (UDB).
At both workshops, Beatrice Baratti from Studio Frosio presented the pre-selection of 10 potential hydropower sites in Cameroon and Uganda, out of which 3 sites each are selected to carry out business case studies and make the sites ready for explorance. The discussions were very professional and interesting and support the achievement of the HYPOSO objectives.
The HYPOSO consortium thanks the participating stakeholders and the local partners.
30 April 2020
An unusual yet unique group foto, showing the participants of the first HYPOSO Progress Meeting, from almost 3,000 masl (Quito, Ecuador) to sealevel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the first HYPOSO Progress Meeting was held online during 25 to 27 March 2020.
The meeting was used to get an update about the progress already achieved and discussions about the tasks that are worked on. A focus was set on the elaboration of the HYPOSO Map, that shall serve as information base for the European hydropower industry and local stakeholders in Bolivia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador and Uganda. The HYPOSO Map shall be established in the summer months of 2020.
28 November 2019
On 28 November 2019, in the framework of Renexpo Interhydro, the HYPOSO project was presented in Salzburg at the workshop "Small Hydropower in Africa and Latin America", which was organized by HYPOSO project partner EREF (Belgium).
Members of the HYPOSO consortium in front of Renexpo Interhydro
Moderator Tasniem Jawaid (EREF) gave first an overview about the scope of the workshop and gave then the floor for the first presentation. Ingo Ball (WIP Renewable Energies) from Germany started with a general presentation of the H2020 project HYPOSO, showing the project aproach, the objectives and the planned impact of the project. After that introduction, three speakers from the HYPOSO project's target countries presented background information about their countries.
Veronica Minaya (Escuela Politecnica Nacional) presented facts and framework conditions for hydropower in Ecuador. Ecuador can become a regional electricity exporter only from the production from hydropower.
Impressions from the workshop
Then, two presentations about the two African target countries followed. Joseph Kenfack (Solarhydrowatt) presented first facts about Cameroon, revealing that the energy consumption in Cameroon is very low (electricity consumption of 1 German households corresponds to the consumption of 26 households in Cameroon). Finishing, Dan Marlone Nabutsabi (Hydro Power Association of Uganda Ltd) presented the facts for Uganda. In both African countries, especially the rural electrification is an issue to be developed further and will thus be investigated in the HYPOSO project.
23 October 2019
HYPOSO site visit day, 23 October 2019, Munich and Upper Bavaria, Germany
On 23 October, the HYPOSO consortium visited several hydropower sites in Munich and Upper Bavaria, getting inspiration and insights in hydropower solutions in Germany.
In the morning, the group visited the Praterkraftwerk (Prater Hydro Plant) in the heart of Munich. Bertram Draxler from Stadtwerke München (Munich municipal utilities) welcomed the HYPOSO consortium and explained the construction and technology of the plant. He could give useful information what needs to be considered when a hydro power plant is constructed in densely populated surroundings. One highlight of this visit was the possibility to see the generators of the plant 17 m below the surface.
In the afternoon, the HYPOSO project partners visited first the hydro test facilities of Technical University Munich (TUM) in Obernach, close to Walchensee (Lake Walchen), and then the shaft power plant at river Loisach (Großweil). At the test facilities, Arndt Hartlieb and Bertalan Alapfy from TUM gave an overview about the topics which are currently being researched and also showed the test facilities with a simulation facility to measure sediment transportation and also with the prototype of the shaft power plant that was developed by TUM.
After having seen the prototype, the project partners had the possibility to see the first kind of shaft power plant in real size. The 420 kW hydro plant is shortly before completion and shall provide energy for 600 households in Großweil and surroundings. The shaft power plant is very fish friendly and has no problems when flooding occurs. Christian Hackl, director of the company Hydroshaft which holds the rights on the concept, and the mayor of Großweil, Günther Rösch, explained the concept and problems and challenges that went along with the realisation of the concept.
21 October 2019
HYPOSO Kick-Off Meeting (KOM)
21 to 22 October 2019, Munich, Germany
The HYPOSO consortium at the Kick-Off Meeting in Munich
On 21 to 22 October 2019, the HYPOSO consortium met for the first time in person at the KOM in Munich. During the two days, the project partners got to know each other and presented the work packages and tasks that will be worked on by them in the project.
Throughout the two days of 9 and 10 October 2019 the "Atrium" Conference Centre in Polanczyk in the south eastern part of Poland was the venue of the IXth Polish Hydropower Conference HYDROFORUM 2019. In fact HYDROFORUM is the name used for a series of techno-scientific events organised by the Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN) in the years between 1973 and 2005. In 2000 and 2005 with substantial support of the Polish Hydropower Association (TEW). By return to the HYDROFORUM naming and logo the organisers have stressed the continuity of the well established tradition. Following the original HYDROFORUM formula the programme of the IXth Polish Hydropower Conference incorporated a study visit - this time to the Solina Dam and Hydropower Plant. Solina Dam was erected in late sixties and remains still the highest dam in the country (82 m). The hydropower plant is equipped in two reversible units (2 x 32 MW) with VATech (formerly: Escher Wyss, now: Andritz) pump-turbines and two classic ones (2 x 72 MW) with Francis turbines of Voith manufacture. With total capacity of almost 200 MW Solina plant is the third largest hydropower installation in Poland.
The technical visit to Solina Dam and Hydropower Plant
Hydropower has been always in the focus of HYDROFORUM events. Even if the main topic was hydraulic turbomachinery, the strategic aspects of hydropower development have been getting ever more visible since 1980-ies. Other nontechnical problems - also legal and economic ones - took a major part of the debate in the cycle of annual events initiated in 2011 and continued later on jointly by the Polish Hydropower Association together with Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery and the Polish Association for Small Hydropower Development. Till recently - under close collaboration with the REECO GmbH group, an organiser of the RENEXPO events within the Central-Eastern and Balkan regions, as well as the Commercial Section of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Poland.
This year conference has been honoured by the patronage of the Polish Minister of Energy and the Minister for Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation. Technical support was provided by the PGE Energia Odnawialna SA company and the Gdansk Division of the Power Engineering. The media patronage has been taken by the ”Energetyka Wodna” and „ZEK Hydro” journals and the CIRE power industry informative portal. The finan-cial support (sponsorship) was kindly provided by: PGE EO SA and Instytut OZE (Institute of Renewable En-ergy Sources) as well as the WTW, Neostrain and Inora companies.
The number of delegates - 90 persons – has appeared close to the record value of 2017. The number could be even higher if not the timing collision or too small time distance from such events as HYDRO 2019 in Porto or Electricity Market Conference and POLEKO Fair in Poland. The debate was divided into 7 sessions which incorporated 26 contributions and a panel debate. The high assessment of the conference quality by the dele-gates resulted among others from the high percentage of technical and techno-scientific papers. These were presented in 5 sessions focused on: small hydro and energy recovery in industrial and municipal hydraulic installations, design and exploitation of civil engineering infrastructure, operation, rehabilitation and testing of the hydropower machinery and equipment, design of hydraulic turbines and other research and development activities, respectively. The strategic and legal/economic problems formed the focus of session one whereas the position of hydropower sector in the strategic documents of Poland and other countries within the region were the main topic of the panel debate moderated by Mr Stanislaw Lewandowski, TEW honorary president. The increased input by the techno-scientific segment may be considered a success by the organisers as this was the goal pursued from the very beginning of the Polish Hydropower Conference series.
The conference was attended by representatives of the largest Polish power industry groups, service and equipment suppliers, design offices, research and research and development centres. The organisers may feel satisfied with the presence of representatives of the Ministry for Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation as well as multi-person delegations coming from Ukraine and Lithuania. The last ones included members of boards of the national hydropower associations with Mr Semen Potashnyk, president of the "Hydropower of Ukraine" association and Prof. Petras Punys, honorary president of the Lithuanian Hydropower Association. The conference was attended also by Mr George Thomson, co-owner of the Canadian company Thordon Inc. As usual, the debate was conducted with support of simultaneous interpretation.
A comprehensive conference report will be published in the end of the year in the "Energetyka Wodna" quarterly. The book of abstracts will be shortly available from the website of the Polish Hydropower Association. Since the beginning of 2020 open access to the conference presentations will be provided. The authors of se-lected contributions will be invited to prepare the post-conference papers for „Acta Energetica” and „ Transac-tions of the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery” scientific quarterlies.
During HYDROFORUM 2019, HYPOSO project partners Ewa Malicka (TRMEW) and Janusz Steller (IMP PAN) informed the participants about the recently started HYPOSO project.