From 4 to 10 July 2022, the first week of the HYPOSO Capacity Building Courses (CBC) in Latin America was held in the premises of Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The week in Bolivia was organized over 7 days and included 5 days of lectures and 2 days of site visits to make use of what they have learnt in the course. The lectures were given by altogether six different lecturers. Four professors from IHE Delft, and two professors from Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas (VDU). From IHE Delft, Miroslav Marence (also the leader of the Capacity Building work package) informed about the basics of hydropower exploitation, hydropower systems, dams and storage basins, power waterways, and hydraulic designs, Shreedhar Maskey informed about hydrology, Alessandro Cattapan gave important insights about hydrology, and Angeles Mendoza-Sammet informed about related environmental and social aspects. From the Lithuanian project partner VDU, the professors Petras Punys and Gitana Vyčienė gave lectures about GIS & HP potential and computer based tools for hydropower plants.
Participants following Miro Marence and the course
Altogether 17 selected participants could either update their knowledge or get new inputs around important aspects of (small) hydropower.
CBC participants at the Corani hydropower system
After the five days of lectures, over two days, the participants visited the cascade hydropower system Corani.