The Potential for Small-Scale Hydro in Developing Countries

by Jack J. Fritz, Engr.; Board of Sci, and Tech. for International Development, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 12, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


The author attempts to define a market that has been traditionally ignored by U.S. design firms. As a result, the Europeans, Chinese and Japanese have taken the lead in engineering and equipment development. The author believes that the worldwide potential for mini- and small-scale hydropower will remain large for several years to come and a concerted effort by the hydropower engineering and equipment manufacturing community as well as funding organizations could reverse this trend. Specific information—labor force, climate, terrain, precipitation, geographic location—is given for Peru, Indonesia, China, Pakistan and Ecuador.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Equipment and machinery | Hydro power | Manufacturing | Financing | Business organizations | Terrain | Precipitation | Asia | South America | Peru | Indonesia | China | Pakistan | Ecuador

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