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Hydro power is power derived from the energy of falling or running water, such as rivers. Micro and pico hydro turbines are small-scale producers of energy, which do not cause as much impact to the surrounding ecosystems and landscape as larger hydro developments, but can provide electricity to people for domestic use such as lighting and can also improve income through greater business activity.

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A Simple Height and Depth Measurement Instrument

The surveying instrument described in this article can be easily made and is inexpensive as the materials used in construction are readily available.

Brian Padgett, Published on 1981

An assessment of the small hydro potential in Sri Lanka

his study was carried out with the aim of developing a comprehensive national database on small hydro sites in Sri Lanka with a preliminary estimate of the exploitable hydro potential at each site.

Fernando, S., Published on 2015

Axial Turbine - Engineering Drawings

The low-cost low-head hydro energy turbine developed in Peru for electricity generation.

Axial Turbine Guide to Installation

The guide gives the most important process steps for the installation of the Axial Turbine for the generation of hydro power energy.

Published on 2011

Axial Turbine Guide to Manufacture

This technical brief presents guidelines for the manufacture of the axial turbine which is used in the generation of hydro powered energy.

Published on 2011

Best Practices for Sustainable Development of Micro-Hydro Power in Developing Countries

This report synthesises the experience of micro-hydro developments in Sri Lanka, Peru, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It attempts to draw out the best practice from this experience.

Smail Khennas;Andrew Barnett, Published by Practical Action on 2000

Beyond the grid

This is a collection of 04 development case studies. Also it is a combination of development studies and social history of the chosen villages and individuals written in intricate short story...

Practical Action Sri Lanka, Published on 2015

Civil Works Guidelines for Micro Hydropower in Nepal

A guide to look at the technical aspects including civil works guidelines of designing a micro hydro scheme in Nepal.

BPC Hydroconsult;Practical Action, Published on 2002

Community Based Micro-Hydro Village Electrification Scheme Technology and Approach

Booklet on community based micro hydro village electrification scheme technology to explain how science is used in technology development.

P.G. Ajith Kumara;Namiz Musafer;Tushani Kalugalagedera, Published by Practical Action on 2012

Cook Electric: The Ghandruk Experience

This case study shows how micro-hydro can be used to provide electricity for cooking in Nepal.

Janet Bell, Published on 1994

Decentralized Micro hydro schemes for rural electrification: a community based approach

This report gathers the experience of village hydro project of ITSL (Practical Action) which had a focus on using decentralized micro hydro systems set up with community participation as a viable...

Jayalath N.M.;Ekanayake S., Published on 2005

Delmalla, Hotambala Ella village micro hydro electrification project

This is the feasibility study of the Delmalla, Hotambala Ella electrification project carried out by Practical Action Sri Lanka in 1995.

Practical Action, Published on 2011

Effects of climatic change in harnessing off-grid village micro-hydro power generation in Sri Lanka:Climatic Change Enabling Activity Project final report

This is the final report of the study conducted with an objective of examining the effects of climatic change on harnessing micro hydro power generation in Sri Lanka and make recommendations to...

Hitinayake, G., Published on 2007

Environmental impact assessment of micro hydro project sites

This study aims to assess the current methods of environmental impact assessment that are commonly in use to evaluate development projects, in the context of their suitability for application to...

Ramanadan, T., Published on 2011

Evaluation of the Strategic and Replicable Aspects of the IDB-ITDG Fund for the Promotion of Micro-Hydro Plants in Perú

An evaluation of the Practical Action Micro Hydro Promotion Fund (MPF) programme 1992-2005.

Donald Tarnawiecki, Published on 2005

Gender mainstreaming in energy projects training manual for pico hydro installations

This manual provides implementers with technical information on how to install an efficient pico hydro unit with community participation (including that of women in the community who benefit the...

Kalugalagedera, T.(ed);Samarakoon, D.(ed), Published on 2011

Introduction for Practitioners: Real-time Monitoring, Control and Payment Technologies for Mini-grids

This brief discusses the factors of mini-grid economic viability – revenue, tariffs and costs - and introduces technologies and approaches for enhancing viability through real-time


Dipendra Bhattarai;Drew Corbyn;Zibusiso Ncube;Elizabeth Njoki;Louise Waters, Published on 2016

Is a Community Based Micro-hydro Electrification Scheme Suitable for Your Village?

This document helps a lay person to understand and gain an idea as to whether their village has a potential to meet its own electricity needs through a community based micro-hydro village...

P.G. Ajith Kumara, Published by Practical Action on 2009

Is a community based micro-hydro electrification scheme suitable for your village?

This booklet helps a lay person to understand and gain an idea as to whether their village has a potential t meet its own electricity needs through a community based Micro-hydro village...

Musafer, N. (ed);Kalugalagedara, T.(ed), Published on 2015

Layout and Lining of Canals

Small hydroelectric plants often need to channel water into canals. Some low-cost options are outlined in this booklet.

J. Segura;L. Rodríguez;P. Núñez, Published on 1995


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