NEWS

 News about meetings, milestones and from HYPOSO partners.



HYPOSO @ HYDRO 2020

27 October 2020


In the morning of 27 October 2020, the HYPOSO project was given a stage in a dedicated workshop which attracted the participation of 88 delegates. In the online-workshop, co-chaired by Veronica Minaya (EPN , Ecuador) and Bernhard Pelikan (Studio Frosio, Austria), first, the project itself was presented by HYPOSO coordinator Ingo Ball (WIP). Then, Petras Punys (VMU) presented in brief the results of a framework condition analysis for the five target countries of the project. After the overview, the project partners from the target countries gave more insights into the framework conditions for hydropower in their countries. Joseph Kenfack (SHW, Cameroon), Dan Marlone Nabutsabi (HPAU, Uganda), Andres Gonzales (UMSS, Bolivia), Carlos Velasquez (CELAPEH, Colombia) and Veronica Minaya (EPN, Ecuador) informed the workshop participants with very interesting presentations. After that, Beatrice Baratti (Studio Frosio, Italy) presented how potential sites were identified in Cameroon and in Uganda. Miroslav Marence (IHE Delft) continued the session with his presentation about the capacity building courses that are planned within HYPOSO to foster the pool of hydropower experts in the five target countries. Concluding, Tasniem Jawaid (EREF, Belgium) informed the stakeholders of the hydropower sector how to get involved in the HYPOSO project.
The direct responses after the workshop showed a big interest of the European hydropower sector and shows, that HYPOSO is a welcome initiative.




HYPOSO session at HYDRO 2020

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/

 




Second progress meeting of the HYPOSO project

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.      

 




First Project Developer Workshops held with stakeholders from Cameroon and Uganda

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.  

 




Project meeting from 3,000 masl to sealevel

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.




The HYPOSO project at Renexpo Interhydro 2019

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.

Presentations:

1_Workshop information, EREF

 

2_ The HYPOSO Project_WIP

 

3_Hydropower sector in Ecuador

 

4_Target country: Cameroon

 

5_Regional Context Uganda: Hydropower Potential, Relevant Actors, Ongoing Initiatives




HYPOSO site visit day

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.

 




HYPOSO Kick-Off Meeting (KOM)

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.