Scholarship Exchange Program in U.S.A
The 2018 YSEALI Civic Engagement Fellows Program

Small Hydropower Development

Training on Small Hydropower Development
18-29 September 2017

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

For whom?

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 detailed design of small hydropower components.

Learning objectives

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

Background
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 hydroplants, the proper design of small hydro powerplants can be an environmental 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.


Course content

  • Introduction and planning (project stages, layout alternatives)
  • Site selection (GIS tools, energy demand and hydropower potential assessment)
  • Hydrology for hydropower (flow duration curves, statistical hydrology)
  • SHPP design (civil, hydraulic and mechanical components)
  • Sediment management techniques
  • Case studies overview

Learning methods are:
  • Use of state of the art literature combined with field experience from international professionals and academics;
  • Lectures;
  • Individual exercises;
  • Group exercises;
  • Case study analysis;
  • Fieldtrip
Contact Course Coordinator:  
Contact Fellowship and Admission Officer:   shortcourse@unesco-ihe.org

UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts.

Short courses are meant for professionals – or groups of professionals – with a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time. The focus and content of short courses vary from specialised and technical matters to challenges and approaches in management. Didactical methods used in these short courses include lectures, individual or group exercises in the classroom, behind the computer, or in the laboratory.

Fieldwork, excursions and field visits to relevant sites often are a part of a short course, allowing the participants to come into contact with practical examples of the theory offered. Through case studies, role-plays and workshops, content is made more interactive, and experience that the participants already have is shared.

Admission Criteria
You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

NFP, MSP and SIDS Fellowships
Most of our short courses are eligible for NFP, MSP and SIDS Fellowships. Candidates from eligible countries are always encouraged to apply for one. 


You will need to have academic admission at UNESCO-IHE before you apply for an fellowship. Please be aware that the UNESCO-IHE application deadline and the fellowship application deadlines are different.


You may register by filling out the online application form available at the webpage of the Short Course of your preference. Within 15 working days you will be notified about the outcome of your application. You will receive more details about how to apply for the fellowship when you are academically admitted. In case you would like to be nominated for a NFP/MSP fellowship


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