Focus Session

Small-scale power systems

Implementing small-scale hydropower systems for energy access and development

Hydropower small scale power systems

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 11:15-12:30 | room: Eiffel 1

To address environmental challenges, energy security, and to pursue inclusive and sustainable development, leaders are strategising ways to transition economies towards renewable energies. Access to affordable and reliable energy and water services provided by sustainable hydropower can bring economic, social and environmental dividends, and contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals, especially SDG 6 (Sustainable water for all) and SDG 7 (Sustainable energy for all).

Hydropower is a mature technology, which can easily be designed, operated and maintained. Despite exhibiting one of the lowest electricity generation prices of all technologies, hydropower potential in many developing countries remains largely untapped. Small-scale power systems involving hydropower remain site specific, i.e. each development has to be designed for the specific characteristics of the chosen site. Small-scale hydropower systems represent a significant resource that can provide significant multi-dimensional benefits to underserved areas.

Session objectives:

This session aims to take stock of the opportunities and challenges facing small-scale deployment around the world. It will explore how to remove barriers and to highlight benefits of smaller-scale hydropower systems, especially to small, and perhaps under developed grids, with a particular focus on the solutions and partnerships that could lead to increasing sustainable and high-impact hydropower development.

Panellists will draw upon their expertise and experience in developing hydropower and will discuss small-scale power systems from socio-political, techno-economic and environmental vantage points.

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Nicolas SERRIE

Hydro Product Management Leader, GE Renewable Energy, President of GE Hydro France
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Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO
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Principal Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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CEO, Pamir Energy Company
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