Study Tour: Small Hydro Power in Austria, 8th - 9th May 2017
In order to support the on-going capacity building efforts in the field of Small Hydro Power (SHP) in several developing countries (Zambia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar and Cameroon), a special two-day event was organized by UNIDO, the City of Vienna and the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) on Tuesday, 9th May 2017. The idea of the study tour was to increase awareness on the services provided by UNIDO’s SHP Programme as well as to learn from the Austrian SHP experience.
Mr. Rudolf Huepfl, Senior Adviser on Energy for Development & GFSE Advisor, held a presentation on Austrian experiences in SHP development and lessons learnt. Austria, as one of the early developers of hydropower with about 2800 SHP grid-connected sites, offers a lot of know-how in this field. After two short presentations, participants of the study tour were given the opportunity to visit several SHP sites in and outside of Vienna, thereby giving them the chance to gain first-hand insight into the facilities and their operations. The event brought together numerous UNIDO project managers and coordinators, Austrian small hydropower operators and experts, as well as representatives from the public and private sector.