A study of micro-hydropower plants in Nepal: Sustainability from technical, economic and social perspectives

Joe Butchers, Sam Williamson, Julian Booker, Anh L.H. Tran, Biraj Gautam, Prem Bikram Karki

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    Abstract

    Micro-hydro power provides electricity for homes and businesses in rural areas across Nepal. Technical, economic and social problems can all affect a micro-hydro plant’s capacity to provide a consistent and reliable supply of electricity. A study of 17 sites in Nepal investigated the quality of maintenance and installation,
    management practices, and perspectives on micro-hydro plants. A visual assessment of sites was used to quantify the quality of maintenance and interviews were used to understand the roles and attitudes of plant operators, plant managers and consumers. The results showed successful management structures were in place at all sites and plants with trained operators tended to meet a higher standard of maintenance. However, technical issues that develop before and after a turbine’s commissioning can threaten the technical and economic sustainability of plants.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2018
    EventInternational Conference on Developments in Renewable Energy Technology - Kathmandu, Nepal
    Duration: 29 Mar 201831 Mar 2018
    Conference number: 5th
    http://ku.edu.np/icdret2018/

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Developments in Renewable Energy Technology
    Abbreviated titleICDRET
    CountryNepal
    Period29/03/1831/03/18
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