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ANNEX II - Small Scale Hydropower - IEA Implementing Agreement

Annex II - Task Force

The Small Scale Hydropower Task Force

The International Small Scale Hydropower website was developed as part of the International Energy's Implementing Agreement for Hydropower Technologies and Programs. The Small Scale Hydro Task Force was responsible for the creation and content of the potential sites database of this website.

Advances in fully automated hydropower installations and reductions in manufacturing costs have made small scale hydropower increasingly attractive. To address this situation, the Small Scale Hydropower Task Force is establishing an international database of potential small hydro data to provide supporting information to facilitate the development of new projects and assess the current status of the industry. The emphasis of the database is on potential projects of more than 50 kW and less than 10MW installed capacity. The task force has identified a number of subtasks on which the participating countries are collaborating. Click on IEA Annex II Tasks for more information.

IEA Small Hydro completed subtasks

A global database of potential small hydro sites presented using Google Maps & Google Earth
A database of organisations and contacts and literature related to the small hydro field
An assessment of further opportunities for R & D
A review of small hydro resource assessment tools and methodologies
A report on Economic Risk and Sensitivity Analysis
Portal for presenting New State-of-the-Art Innovatives Technologies related to Small Scale Hydropower
Guidelines for financing of small hydro projects

Welcome to the Small Hydro Gateway!

The Small Hydro Atlas has been redesigned.

The Small Hydro Gateway has been redesigned and updated to take full advantage of the benefits of the web. New features have been added including a comprehensive database of small hydro innovative technologies.


If you are involved in the small-hydro industry, we welcome your collaboration and invite you to register on the site. By registering you will have access to resources and information and we will be able to keep you updated on the activities of the IEA Hydropower Small Hydro Annex, our ongoing work and upcoming events.


Thank you. We hope you find the new Small-Hydro Gateway useful and informative!


Kearon Bennett, P. Eng.,
Operating Agent and Secretary
Annex II, Small Hydro
IEA Hydropower Agreement