Title: A geospatial assessment of small-scale hydropower potential in sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: KORKOVELOS ALEXANDROSMENTIS DIMITRIOSSIYAL SHAHIDARDERNE CHRISTOPHERROGNER HANS-HOLGERBAZILIAN MORGANHOWELLS MARKBECK HYLKEDE ROO ARIE
Citation: ENERGIES vol. 11 no. 11 p. 3100
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC114030
ISSN: 1996-1073 (online)
URI: https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/11/11/3100
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC114030
DOI: 10.3390/en11113100
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Sub-Saharan Africa has been at the epicenter of an ongoing global dialogue around the issue of energy poverty. More than half of the world’s population without access to modern energy services lives there. It also happens to be a sub-continent with plentiful renewable energy resource potential. Hydropower is one of them, and to a large extent it remains untapped. This study focuses on the technical assessment of small-scale hydropower (0.01–10 MW) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying methodology was based on open source geospatial datasets, whose combination allowed a consistent evaluation of 712,615 km of river network spanning over 44 countries. Environmental, topological, and social constraints were included in the form of constraints in the optimization algorithm. The results are presented on a country and power pool basis.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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