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    A study of micro-hydropower plants in Nepal

    Sustainability from technical, economic and social perspectives

    Citation

    Butchers, J, Williamson, S, Booker, J, Tran, A, Gautam, B & Karki, PB, 2018, ‘A study of micro-hydropower plants in Nepal: Sustainability from technical, economic and social perspectives’. in: 2018 5th International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy Technology (ICDRET 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    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.

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