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World Water Week: Towards the circularization of hydroelectricity using the existing hydraulic infrastructure
August 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Synergistic approaches to respond to both food and energy needs and an integrated management of water are essential to respond to the WEF Nexus, in particular to attain the SGDs 2, 6 and 7. Installing hydropower plants in the greenfield imposes high environmental and social impacts. On the other hand, in water infrastructures the waste of energy is common. A direction for the decarbonisation of energy sources, in the context of hydroelectricity, must be the fight against this energy waste.
The development of alternative strategies and technical solutions incorporated in existing structures, used primarily for other purposes, represents an additional low-impact and lucrative solution for energy generation. However this may be hindered by the lack of a proper evaluation of the available energy, doubts about technical solutions and the lobby of the big hydropower, solar and wind power industries.
This open debate event with invited participants who are key players in the hydropower industry is part of the World Water Week organized by SIWI under the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. For more information see the website.