New about meetings, milestones and from HYPOSO 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.