Special Issue "The Future of Hydropower: Sustainable Practices, Innovative Technologies and New Scientific Insights"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 53930
Interests: urban greening and the water-energy nexus; hydraulic turbines; fish friendly solutions; fish passages; low head hydropower
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It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a scientific paper to the special issue “The Future of Hydropower: Sustainable Goals, Planning, Practices, and Technologies”.
Hydropower is a key renewable energy source, especially in the European Union. The annual hydroenergy potentially available, i.e., the gross potential, is estimated to be about 3260 TWh/y in Europe, while the developed potential is estimated to be about 600 TWh/y. It has shifted from a flexible source of energy covering peak loads in a fossil fuel/dominated energy mix towards a function of supporting the flashier solar and wind sources available during the day. At the same time, pumped-hydropower and small hydropower have emerged as a key energy storage and valorization option. On the other side, eco-hydraulic and environmental aspects are always more considered, especially in regard to fish migration and fish habitat alteration. The scope of this Special Issue is to contribute to the development and implementation of both sustainable solutions to make hydropower more environmental friendly, and new technologies and methodologies to make it more flexible, efficienct and economically attractive. Interesting topics are the rehabilitation of old plants, the optimization of hydraulic structures to increase their efficiency and eco-sustainability, fish protection by implementing fish friendly solutions (like fish friendly turbines and fish passages), the optimization of hydropower schemes to reduce environmental impacts, sustainable practices and strategic planning (both at the large and local scale) in light of the Water Framework Directive, and impact/environmental assessments of hydropower plants. Practical implications for engineering applications and for policy decisions are highly encouraged, with a focus on the European Union context.
Gaudard, L., and Franco R. “The future of hydropower in Europe: Interconnecting climate, markets and policies”. Environmental Science & Policy 43 (2014): 5-14.
Lehner, B., Czisch G., and Vassolo S. "The impact of global change on the hydropower potential of Europe: a model-based analysis." Energy Policy 33.7 (2005): 839-855.
Kougias, I., Aggidis, G., Avellan, F., Deniz, S., Lundin, U., Moro, A., Muntean, S., Novara, D., Pérez-Díaz, J.I., Quaranta, E., Schild, P., and Theodossiou, N. “Analysis of emerging technologies in the hydropower sector”. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2019), 113, 109257.
Bódis, K., F. Monforti, and S. Szabó. "Could Europe have more mini hydro sites? A suitability analysis based on continentally harmonized geographical and hydrological data." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 37 (2014): 794-808.
Yu, L., Jia, B., Wu, S., Wu, X., Xu, P., Dai, J., ... & Ma, L. Cumulative Environmental Effects of Hydropower Stations Based on the Water Footprint Method—Yalong River Basin, China. Sustainability (2019), 11(21), 5958.
Yao, W., Chen, Y., Yu, G., Xiao, M., Ma, X., & Lei, F. Developing a model to assess the potential impact of tum hydropower turbines on small river ecology. Sustainability (2018), 10(5), 1662.
Silva, A. T., Lucas, M. C., Castro‐Santos, T., Katopodis, C., Baumgartner, L. J., Thiem, J. D., ... & Burnett, N. J. The future of fish passage science, engineering, and practice. Fish and Fisheries (2018), 19(2), 340-362.
Quaranta, E. & Revelli, R. Gravity water wheels as micro hydropower energy source: a review based on historic data, design methods, efficiencies and modern optimizations, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2018), 97, 414-427
Moran, E. F., Lopez, M. C., Moore, N., Müller, N., & Hyndman, D. W. Sustainable hydropower in the 21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018), 115(47), 11891-11898.
Deng, Z., Carlson, T. J., Dauble, D. D., & Ploskey, G. R. Fish passage assessment of an advanced hydropower turbine and conventional turbine using blade-strike modeling. Energies (2011), 4(1), 57-67.
Quaranta, E. Stream water wheels as renewable energy supply in flowing water: theoretical considerations, performance assessment and design recommendations. Energy for Sustainable Development (2018), 45, 96-109.
Dr. Emanuele Quaranta
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- fish-friendly turbines
- environmental impacts
- environmental assessment
- policy decisions