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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Aplinkos inžinerija / Environmental engineering (T004)
Author(s): Kasiulis, Egidijus;Punys, Petras;Kvaraciejus, Algis;Dumbrauskas, Antanas;Jurevičius, Linas
Title: Small hydropower in the Baltic States - current status and potential for future development
Is part of: Energies. Basel : MDPI AG, 2020, vol. 13, iss. 24
Extent: p. 1-21
Date: 2020
Note: Article no. 6731
Keywords: Small hydropower;Current status;Potential;Historic nonpowered sites;Micro-hydro;Protected areas;Baltic States
Abstract: Small hydropower (SHP) plays an important role in the Baltic States as a reliable and efficient source of electricity from renewable sources. This study presents the historical development, current status, and possible trends for the future development of SHP in the Baltic States with insights into the legal background and development policies for SHP in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. For the assessment of hydraulic structures in the Baltic States, the historical data was used supplemented with data from hydropower associations, the national departments of statistics, electricity transmission systems operators, etc. The currently recommended best practice for SHP development is the utilisation of existing sites with available infrastructure. These include old water mill sites and existing dam sites, which, in the Baltic States, number more than 1500. The majority of these sites have their power potential attributed to micro-hydro (<100 kW). In this study the potential of the hydropower capacity at historic, currently nonpowered dams is evaluated and the distribution of the micro-hydro sites within the EU network of protected areas under Natura 2000 and nationally designated areas is presented. The potential electricity generation from such historic sites in the Baltic States is more than 200 GWh/year
Affiliation(s): Vandens ūkio ir žemėtvarkos fakultetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:1. Straipsniai / Articles
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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