Hydropower is one of the oldest renewable energy sources. It is generated when flowing water is channeled through water turbine, which rotates a shaft and then drives an electric generator, converting the motion into electric energy. Its widespread use has made hydro power to become:

  • one of the most cost effective ways to generate clean energy with minimum impact to the environment
  • mature technology, providing widely and long time proven technical solutions
  • in Europe, there are nearly 22.000 small hydro power plants in operation and it is expected that their number will increase to 24.000 by the end of 2020
  • small hydro power plants are generally built using simple structures with minimum alteration of the watershed conditions and surrounding areas. They are designed to use part of the river flow, which goes back to its original river course and therefore causing minimal or no damage to living species