How is the performance of hydropower schemes measured?
How might climate change and other factors affect hydropower
performance in developing countries?
The objective of this literature review was to detail how factors
affecting the performance of hydropower schemes may be influenced by
climate change and interactions with the complex built, natural and
social systems providing water, energy and food security. The literature
review sets hydropower within the global context of renewable energy
resources and discusses different types of hydropower schemes (storage,
run-of-river, and pumped-storage). Different measures for assessing
performance are identified and factors affecting these performance
measures discussed, including climate change. The literature review
describes the importance of identifying trade-offs and synergies when
deciding how to balance investments in water, energy and food security
and outlines the criteria used to select the three case studies in
Africa and Asia (Malawi, Nepal and India) that were carried out to
gather supporting evidence as part of the Harnessing Hydropower study.
The target audience for this work is Department for International
Development (DFID) staff together with other development professionals
and government officials interested in the performance and development
of the hydropower sector in developing countries and the trade-offs
between water, energy and food security in the context of climate
This report has been produced for Evidence on Demand by HR Wallingford
with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development
(DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and
Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL
PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by DAI (which incorporates HTSPE
Limited) and IMC Worldwide Limited. It was produced for DFID’s
Adaptation Knowledge and Tools programme.
Lumbroso, D.; Hurford, A.; Winpenny, J.; Wade, S. Harnessing hydropower: Literature review. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) x + 89 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_cr.august2014.lumbrosoetal1]