Project's aim

To promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects

Location

Nicaragua

Technology

Partners involved

Asociación Fenix

Exchange: First Central American Conference of Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generators: Sharing Experiences and Coordinating Efforts for Efficient Management in Providing Clean Energy

In Central and Latin America, small-scale and micro-hydroelectric power generation face several challenges. A lack of technically trained staff makes it difficult to ensure the adequate and efficient operation and maintenance of micro-hydro plants (MHPs); this lack of expertise sometimes even leads to the equipment being damaged.

Furthermore, there is little information about reduced stream flows in sub-basins, which threatens the sustainability of MHPs in the region.

The aims of the exchange activities are:

  • To promote the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences between practitioners involved in small-scale hydroelectric projects

  • To raise awareness within society of the socio-economic and environmental benefits of these projects in the region

  • To strengthen the technical and management capacities of hydroelectric generators

  • To overcome the challenges, within the context of climate change, that currently limit the technical, economic, social and environmental sustainability of the projects

  • To promote the formation of strategic alliances between organisations in the hydropower sector

This exchange seeks to conduct an initial meeting for local practitioners working in the field of small-scale and micro-hydroelectric power generation in Central and South America with the aim of providing a platform where practitioners can share good practice in terms of technical, administrative and environmental aspects.
The workshop intends to lay the foundation for a Central American hydroelectric network as an umbrella organisation for the implementation of further initiatives.

The exchange activity will be implemented within six months.

The First Central American Small Hydroelectric Conference: Sharing Experiences and Articulating Efforts for Efficient Management of Clean Energy Supply will be held from 11th – 13th October 2017 at the Hotel Camino Real Convention Center in the city of Managua, Nicaragua.