Feasibility study of multiple hydropower project: case study of Baltacı stream, Trabzon, Turkey

Aydın, Boran Ekin
High greenhouse gas emissions increased the importance of renewable energy resources. Hydropower is among the most widely used type of renewable energy. Oppositions to big hydropower projects with reservoirs increased the use of small hydropower plants. Development of a small hydropower project is a challenging engineering task. Different software’s are developed and used to make initial estimations of energy generation and initial costs of the project. RETScreen Clean Energy Analysis Software which can be used worldwide allows the user to estimate initial energy output and costs. In this study, three consecutive hydropower projects (HEPP), namely, Kemerçayır, Üçhanlar and Üçharmanlar HEPP’s and four alternative project formulations to these projects are evaluated using RETScreen. The results of the evaluations are compared and best formulation for the projects is identified. In addition to economical profitability, hydropower plants need to be evaluated in terms of their environmental impacts and sustainability aspects. Sustainable development is a fundamental concept of natural resources management. International Hydropower Association prepared the Sustainability Assessment Protocol to evaluate new or existing hydropower facilities with respect to various environmental, social and economic sustainability aspects. The Sustainability Assessment Protocol of IHA is used to evaluate Kemerçayır HEPP. Due to lack of necessary information, rather than conducting a sustainability assessment of a small hydropower project (SHP), necessary information required to conduct such a study is identified.
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B. E. Aydın, “Feasibility study of multiple hydropower project: case study of Baltacı stream, Trabzon, Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.