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Mr Joe Butchers

Mr Joe Butchers

Mr Joe Butchers

Teaching Support Assistant

Area of research

Reliability and sustainability of micro-hydropower in Nepal

Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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My research is focused on understanding methods to improve the reliability and sustainability of micro-hydropower in Nepal. I am interested in the connection of technical, social and economic factors that affect how a hydropower plant performs. By considering how projects are developed, the capabilities of stakeholders and their relationships to the technology, I hope to develop new approaches to local manufacture and project implementation.


After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bristol in 2013, I spent 18 months travelling including 9 months living and volunteering in Nepal. During this time, I saw the impact that hydropower can have upon lives in remote areas. Once back in the UK, I developed my expertise by working for a hydropower company. I worked on the design and assisted with the installation of several mini hydro schemes in the UK. In 2017, I returned to academia to combine these experiences and find methods to ensure small scale hydropower continues to benefit rural communities. 


  • micro-hydropower
  • sustainability
  • reliability
  • local manufacture
  • community ownership

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