Thailand Micro/Mini Hydroelectric Projectby Jerome J. Zovne, Stanley Consultants Inc, Bangkok, Thailand,
L. Lynn Pruitt, Stanley Consultants Inc, Bangkok, Thailand,
Panich Pongpirodom, Stanley Consultants Inc, Bangkok, Thailand,
Abstract: The Royal Thai Government is attempting to systematically develop economically attractive indigenous hydropower resources through the Micro/Mini Hydroelectric Project. Initially six experimental sites are being developed. This paper summarizes technical, socioeconomic, and site-selection aspects of the project as it approaches mid-term. Engineering design concepts on the first six sites, now under construction, are presented, as well as selected socioeconomic data from the baseline surveys and subsequent analyses. Progress and problems encountered in attempting to achieve project goals are discussed.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Developing countries | Site investigation | Social factors | Construction sites | Economic factors | Computing in civil engineering | Government | Thailand
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