816313 Environmental impact assessment for small hydropower plants

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Pelikan, Bernhard
Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (IWHW)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


Definition and importance in energy economics of Small Hydropower Plants (SHP)
Application and schemes for SHP, potentials
General view on influences on the river (regime, continuum, morphology, variability, plant cover)
Specific interferences in nature due to design and operation (design data, plant components, mode of operation, emissions, trashrack material, infrastructure)
Interferences in nature due to the construction process
Ecological sensitive regions
Design targets, conflicts of objectives and conflicts of interests
Approaches and consensus decision-making
Levels of adaptation or commensurability (position and design, construction and composition, material, building process)
Special topics (residual flow, reservoir design, fish bypass systems, trashrack material)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After having successsfully attended the course the student recognises fields of conflict between hydropower exploitation and the environment and can offer solutions and/or compensation measures. Further on the students will have an overview of governmental procedures and the methods of social engineering, being essential for the implementation of a project.
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