WORLD WATER DAY: why small scale hydro is becoming big business!

By: African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa - March 18, 2020 - PRLog -- his year's theme for World Water Day on 22 March is "Water and Climate Change", exploring how the resource and the global phenomenon are linked inextricably. "It isn't just about managing our water sources so everyone has access to clean drinking water, it is also about husbanding the resource so we can keep on using it as an energy source," says Theresa Smith, conference producer of the upcoming Small Scale Hydro Day at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa.

She adds: "people across Africa often baulk at the creation of large scale hydro projects because they can have a negative effect on the downstream ecosystem. Small scale hydro projects, more often than not though, are installed in smaller rivers or streams with a much lesser to negligible environmental impact."

World Water Day, a UN initiative, is celebrated on 22 March every year and focuses on the importance of water in global society.

Gathering water and hydro experts
Water and hydropower are always key topics and discussion points at the annual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town, which has been moved from 12-14 May 2020 to 24-26 November 2020 due to the Coronavirus.

But it is the current excitement about small scale hydro in the renewable generation sector that has also led to the event organisers putting together an entire day dedicated to its potential, current success stories, innovations, advances in hydro-powered mini-grids and a very practical guide to developing a small hydro plant.

Says Theresa Smith: "Why devote an entire day to small scale hydro? Setting up a small scale hydro-powered plant is not an exercise predicated on creating massive engineering projects, which are prone to budget and time overruns and they are mostly considered as low risk in terms of technology failures. These particular projects are backed by private finance, this is where the quick wins exist."

Speakers, moderators and panelists on the Small Scale Hydro Day programme will include:
• Anton-Louis Olivier, MD, REH Group, Board Member for Africa of the International Hydropower Association and award-winning project developer.
• Wim Jonker Klunne, renewable expert, hydropower pioneer and founder of Hydro4Africa will chair the Small Scale Hydro Day.
• Sebastian Surie, Regional Head Africa, Climate Fund Managers, South Africa.
• Carole Rosenlund, Head of Africa at the International Centre for Hydropower, Norway.
• Andy Eaton, Head of Sales Africa, Latin America & Oceania for Gilkes Hydro.
• Bo Barta, researcher and promoter of small scale hydropower.

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