Small Hydropower Development

IHE Delft Lectures, fieldtrip, individual exercises, group exercises

Target Audience

The course is designed for scientists, engineers and water managers interested in approaching hydropower development. Participants should have basic knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics. Please, note that this course does not focus on the detailed design of small hydropower components.


The aim of the course on Small Hydropower Development is to provide theoretical understanding and practical insights to the development of small hydropower plants.

The increase in prices of fossil energy sources and their impact on the environment due to green gas emissions has made hydropower more and more an important and attractive energy source. Opposite to the disadvantages given by the implementation of big hydropower plants, the proper design of small hydro power plants can be an environmentally friendly solution and represents a useful alternative renewable energy source, especially for rural areas without developed electricity grids. Thus, small hydropower is specially featured for implementation in countries in transition and emerging countries.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- To address the various stages of a small hydropower project cycle
- To be familiar with the main components required for the development of a small hydropower scheme