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Touching The Future: Innovative Micro Hydropower Technology

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Biz. Dev. Manager Sedania Innovator Bhd

Chuah Seong Kern is heading the Micro Hydropower business vertical of Sedania Technologies Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sedania Innovator Berhad. Sedania Innovator Bhd is a...

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Hydropower is considered as one of the most desirable source of electrical energy due to its environmental friendly nature and extensive potential. Within the scope, micro hydropower have gained much attention in recent years. A combination of population growth and desire for improved living standards, rising awareness in global climate change and increase of corporates sustainable energy goals, micro hydropower may be optimally employed for sustainable power generation in rural communities and global corporation.

 

 

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Matt Chester on Apr 21, 2020

One of the challenges with hydropower has always been that there's a natural limit to it, which many have felt we've more or less reached-- so do you think developments in micro hydro could unlock a new swatch of the energy mix that could go hydro that was previously considered undoable? What are the best geographies to try to identify micro hydro opportunities? 

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Seong Kern Chuah on Apr 22, 2020

Regardless of technologies, there will be a natural limitations, it's about how we manuever along the limitations to yield higher results (or the same results) by controlling or capping the limitations to the smallest value through research of technologies. In another way for instance, let's say the number represents a certain value, previously we need to have a "2" to get "5", through technology advancement, we can now able to get the same "5" with only "1". Over the years, micro hydropower technology has advanced to higher efficiency with lower contraints of geography requirements, as mentioned in the article, we can now implement the micro hydropower system with even on zero fall of water in which this was previously still in research.

Have a look at how micro hydropower system works and how can it benefit to the rural developments. Video Link: Micro Hydropower For Rural Development 

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Mark Silverstone on Apr 27, 2020

Thanks very much for this article.

I´d like to know what studies might be available that compare total GHG emissions for traditional, mini and micro hydropower projects. I would guess that they differ substantially and that each project is fairly unique. 

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Matt Chester on Apr 27, 2020

Agreed-- I've also read about the unaccounted for emissions with major hydropower projects, specifically methane from the surface of standing water that's created; I wonder if that's similarly reduced (particularly on a per kWh basis) for mini hydro

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