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 Hello BEST members,


For our final week at the BioEnergy and Sustainability School, we will be exploring hydropower. The Hydropower Empowerment Network takes a country-by-country approach to bringing electricity to rural areas through micro-hydro and other technologies. Micro-hydro is hydropower that produces less than one megawatt of energy and therefore typically creates no reservoir. This is an ideal technology for small communities outside of the central grid. To install this type of system, it can take up to two years with the help of local people. An in-depth understanding of the watershed must first be achieved. Then, "locals need to build a small check dam and a channel, lay the pipes, and build the powerhouse, the turbine, and the transmission line." Community involvement gives locals pride and the knowledge to repair and maintain the system. This is one way in which renewable energy can empower others and create a sustainable future.

The Surprising Success of Micro Hydro
International Rivers
June 1, 2016
https://www.internationalrivers.org/blogs/433/the-surprising-success-of-micro-hydro


Gillian Palino
Undergraduate Intern
2016 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department