Technology Innovation: Hydro
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 14:30 – 16:00
Room: Hall 1A
Hydropower is the world’s leading renewable energy, providing 16.6% of global power generation. In 2014, 37 GW of new hydropower were commissioned around the world, bringing the global total to an estimated 1,055 GW of hydropower capacity. In the last decade, hydropower has seen a resurgence of interest around the world as demand for both water and energy services increases. Many countries have recognised the benefits that hydropower can bring including clean, renewable power; flexible generation and energy storage; water management services; and climate mitigation and adaptation services.
There is an estimated 14,000 TWh/year of technical hydropower potential worldwide, with roughly one-fourth of this potential already tapped. This means there is significant unutilised hydropower potential in all of the world’s regions that could yet be developed. Various published energy scenarios predict a doubling of global capacity by the year 2050. On current growth rates, hydropower installed capacity would double in less than 25 years.
However, availability and use of this resource is uneven across the world, due in part to investment costs, regulatory frameworks, power demand, and social and environmental aspects. In regions with significant untapped potential, hydropower is established as an important component of energy and water sector planning.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- Given the multiple energy and water management services that hydropower provides, how can hydropower development be optimised to meet the growing water and energy needs?
- How can we ensure that hydropower will be developed sustainability, ensuring that lessons learned on good practice are incorporated into hydropower planning and operation?
- How can regional/cross-border development of hydropower help stimulate development of the available resources, while also maximizing benefits?
- How can the private sector be engaged in hydropower development, and how can markets rewards the multiple services that hydropower offers?
- Given the high investment costs of hydropower, where will the investment come from for developing the world’s hydropower potential and how can we mobilize it?
- Mr. Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association (IHA)
- Mr. Bo Barta, Energy and Water Resources Engineer, South Africa
- Mr. Rudy De la Cruz, Manager Project Integration, Eskom, South Africa
- Mr. Freddy Lafos Yave Lamfel, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity, Democratic Republic of the Congo (tbc)
- Mr. Ato Abdulhakim Mohammed, Senior Executive Advisor, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, Ethiopia
Closing remarks: Hon Ms.NonvulaMokonyane, MP, Minister of Water and Sanitation, South Africa (tbc)