Feasibility and environmental appraisal of a small hydro-power plant
Βουγιουκλή, Αδαμαντία - Ζωή
KeywordsΜικρός Υδροηλεκτρικός Σταθμός ; Ανανεώσιμες πηγές ενέργειας ; Κύκλος ζωής ; Small hydro plant ; Renewable sources ; LCA
It is well known that, hydropower currently holds a dominant share of electricity production from renewable sources. Of course, the integration of Hydroelectric Project in the energy system is limited in Greece. Despite any hesitations for serious interventions in the natural environment, there can be no doubt that the importance of Hydroelectric Projects on the management of water resources in Greece are very large, as most of these projects are multi-purpose as they are used for electricity generation, water supply, irrigation, flood control, recreation, aquaculture, and sport activities contribute to mild tourism development in the country. Based on the above,the present thesis examines the contribution of the Hydroelectric Projects in benefiting the society, economy and environment and energy efficiency in Greece and more specifically in the prefecture of Evrytania. It presents the basic principles of operation and installation of hydroelectric projects and makes a reference to the existing SHP in Greece .There is specific reference to the environmental impact, the wider conservation and environmental protection as well as an estimation of the cost of electricity’s production from hydroelectric stations and an evaluation of the external environmental costs. Through this study we will evaluate the feasibility of the project and assess the economic and other elements of this investment.