27 Aug Can hydro produce more power?
As readily accessible locations are used up, hydropower engineers are turning to steeper and harder-to-reach locations to generate the power we need for our cities and industries. Sustainable GRP pipes help because they are easier to transport and install than concrete, ductile iron and steel pipes. And that’s not all.
Our lightweight, low-maintenance, long-life pipes are also helping to bring power to remote communities. Amiblu pipes have already played a key role in hydropower schemes in difficult-to-access areas of Chile, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Scotland, Norway and Iceland, as well as Alpine and other regions. Innovations like using short pipes to reduce the number of bends and thrust blocks, couplings that eliminate the need for fittings, and the use of long-drawn curves that facilitate the hydraulics, all make a difference.
Small hydropower projects are very pipe intensive but provide interesting financial returns to investors as well as sustainable energy. Between 2015 and 2020 an additional 1500 MW* of small hydropower capacity will be installed in Europe alone. This will demand over €350 M of pipes every year.
Hydropower is the leading renewable source for electricity generation globally, supplying 71% of all renewable electricity. Reaching 1,064 GW of installed capacity in 2016, it generated 16.4% of the world’s electricity from all sources.
*Strategic Energy Technology Information System, EU