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Hydropower Energy Technologies Worldwide: Large, Small, Mini, Micro and Pico

This research report on Hydropower Energy presents an in-depth analysis of the development, applications, products, manufacturers, and trends in the development of the hydropower resources in the United States and around the world. Topics include the full gamut of hydropower generation, from conventional hydropower to newer wave energy and hydrokinetic technologies, from very large systems providing electricity to millions of people to the smallest systems suitable for a single family. Accounting for over 70% of renewable energy today, hydropower is poised to increase growth over the next five years, notwithstanding the emphasis currently being given to other renewable energy sources - wind and solar in particular. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the current hydropower market, the environmental concerns that have limited its development in developed countries, the potential opportunities for new development (particularly in upgrading existing dams that do not produce power), and an assessment of developing technologies that harness the power of the ocean. Projected growth through 2013 for different sized hydro systems is provided including discussion of energy demand, environmental impacts, economic conditions, consumer acceptance, stakeholder concerns, and government activities as they affect growth rates. The report also profiles manufacturers and marketers of different hydro technologies and the strategies they have adopted to maximize growth and profitability.

Scope and Methodology

This report includes both primary and secondary research. Secondary research data have been obtained from government sources, trade association publications, business journals, and company literature. Statistical data are included for industry revenue, both globally and for the United States. The market size for Hydropower Energy technologies is projected from 2009 to 2013. Demand in each of the following application areas is analyzed in terms of overall revenue for developing hydro power:

  • Large Hydro (10 MW or more of generating capacity)
  • Small Hydro (1 to 10 MW of generating capacity)
  • Mini Hydro (100 KW to 1 MW of generating capacity)
  • Micro Hydro (5 KW to 100 KW of generating capacity)
  • Pico Hydro (less than 5 KW of generating capacity)

Potential hydro power applications, buying trends, environmental issues, and energy considerations are also reviewed and analyzed. Market size estimates and forecasts are based on government and secondary sources, and the impact of factors such as government grants and incentives, environmental concerns, fuel and energy prices, economic considerations, and demand for renewable energy sources.

How You Will Benefit from this Report

If your company is involved in renewable energy, electric service, business consulting and integration of electric resources, energy planning, off-grid electric applications, general construction, or simply want to determine the myriad opportunities that exist with development of hydropower you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight about conventional and ocean hydro technologies that are not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of hydropower applications and markets, as well as projected market sizes and trends through 2013.

This report will help:

  • Marketing Managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for hydropower products and services.

  • Research and Development Professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives, product applications, and demand for hydro technologies.

  • Advertising Agencies working with clients in energy efficiency, energy service, and energy planning develop compelling messages and images to promote development of hydropower projects.

  • Business Development Executives understand the dynamics of developing hydropower projects, identify potential partnerships, and detect new product applications.

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Market Insights: A Selection From The Report


Growth Drivers and Inhibitors

Conventional hydro growth is growing quickly in many parts of the world and somewhat slowly in the United States, Canada, and Europe. There are a number of factors that help or hinder hydro development but not all of them affect different size hydro projects in the same way. The discussion that follows delineates these factors and the manner in which they affect the various types of conventional hydro systems that are being developed throughout the world.

Factors Enhancing Hydro Growth

Hydropower has many advantages over other forms of electric generation that will help drive growth for the foreseeable future. Perhaps most importantly, hydropower is a clean, renewable energy source that can significantly reduce the reliance on fossil fuels - coal, gas, oil - for electric generation. Hydropower emits virtually no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, hydrocarbons, or particulate matter. It is also the world’s largest renewable energy source, far outstripping the generating capacity of wind, solar, and other sources of renewable energy. In addition, over 70 percent of potential hydro producing sites are as yet unused, leaving significant room for possible growth.

Hydropower is also very energy efficient, with energy conversion rates exceeding 90 percent. This is almost double the efficiency of other forms of electric generating sources which have energy conversion rates of 50 percent or less, including fossil fuels and solar power. No other source of electricity is as efficient as hydropower.

In the News
Under-loved and under-funded, Hydropower Energy finds new life in Tanzania

New York, December 13, 2010 — The planned US $2 billion, 2,100-MW Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower station in Tanzania is starting to take shape. The project’s timetable has scheduled the first of three 700-MW turbines to be installed in 2012, Reuters reports, with full project completion projected for 2015.

Brazil has become a world leader in large hydropower plant construction, according to market research firm SBI Energy. Currently, about 80% of Brazil’s power is supplied by hydroelectric plants. With electric demand growing at 4.4 percent per year, the country will need to build about $40 billion of power plants by 2015.

The study from SBI Energy, Hydropower Energy Technologies Worldwide: Large, Small, Mini, Micro and Pico, projects hydropower growth will be influenced heavily by government stimulus funds and other incentives. Although hydropower has not received the attention and funding that is being afforded to wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources, it has received more funding since 2008 than it has in preceding years. The Brazilian government is currently considering funding options for the Tanzania project, including concessional loans, private investment or state financing, media sources indicate.

On August 13, 2009 Omega Energia Renovável and Hidrotérmica, both Brazilian energy companies, signed a letter of intent with the government of Minas Gerais to build 13 small hydropower plants in the state (Minas Gerais is the third largest state in Brazil and the second most populous). These plants will cost about $524 million and are expected to become operational by 2013.

"Hydropower is an under-loved energy source that is being rediscovered by some countries, such as the United States, and is rapidly being developed in others, such as China and Brazil.This renewable energy source will experience major growth over the next five years," comments Shelley Carr, publisher of SBI Energy. "Brazil alone will see significant growth from the small hydropower sector, growing from 3.8 GW currently to 11.5 GW in 2012."

Hydropower Energy Technologies Worldwide: Large, Small, Mini, Micro and Pico provides a comprehensive assessment of the current hydropower market, the environmental concerns that have limited its growth in developed countries, the potential opportunities for new development, and the emerging technologies that harness the power of the ocean. Market sizes and trends are projected through 2013.

About SBI Energy
SBI Energy, a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes research reports in the industrial, energy, building/construction, and automotive/transportation markets.SBI Energy also offers a full range of custom research services.

In the News


Hydropower Reigns as Undisputed King of Renewable Energy

New York, November 4, 2009 - SBI Energy, a leading energy market research firm and publisher of Ocean Energy Technologies and Components Worldwide, has released Hydropower Energy Technologies Worldwide: Large, Small, Mini, Micro and Pico. The report presents an in-depth analysis of the applications, products, manufacturers, and trends in the development of hydropower resources in the United States and around the world.

During the period 2009 through 2013, hydropower in all its forms is forecast to grow faster than it has in the past five years to meet the increasing need for renewable energy sources worldwide. The projected uptick marks a return to popularity for hydropower as the undisputed king of renewable energy boasting technologies that are proven and widely used, in addition to emerging technologies just beginning to enter the marketplace.

SBI Energy identifies several advantages hydropower has over other forms of electric generation that will help drive growth for the foreseeable future. Perhaps most importantly, hydropower is a clean, renewable energy source that can significantly reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and is the world’s largest renewable energy source, far outstripping the generating capacity of wind, solar, and other sources of renewable energy. In addition, over 70% of potential hydro producing sites around the world are as yet unused, leaving significant room for possible growth.

“The future of hydropower looks brighter than it has in ten years,” says Shelley Carr, publisher of SBI Energy. “Mandates and goals for renewable energy, carbon credits and trading, more streamlined licensing, rising fuel costs, and technical issues associated with other energy sources will all play a part in driving the future growth of hydropower.”

Large scale hydro projects will not likely occur in the United States and other developed countries. Instead the application of smaller scale hydro projects has been provided a substantial impetus for further development due to the continuing demand for more and cleaner electricity. China, the world leader in small hydropower operations with an installed capacity of 51 GW, is expected to continue to pace the rest of the world with a 47% increase in hydro electricity production by 2020. Over the next five years, Japan, the U.S., Italy, and Brazil are also expected to rank among the top producers of small hydro energy.

Hydropower Energy Technologies Worldwide: Large, Small, Mini, Micro and Pico provides a comprehensive assessment of the current hydropower market, the environmental concerns that have limited its growth in developed countries, the potential opportunities for new development, and the emerging technologies that harness the power of the ocean. Market sizes and trends are projected through 2013.

About SBI Energy
SBI Energy (Specialists in Business Information), a division of MarketResearch.com, publishes research reports in the industrial, energy, building/construction, automotive/transportation and packaging markets. SBI Energy also offers a full range of custom research services.

  • Executive Summary
    • Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Hydropower Past
      • Adverse Hydropower Impacts
      • Hydropower Development Costs
    • Hydropower Today
      • Table Sources of Renewable Energy in the United States, 2002 and 2007 (percent)
      • Demand for Electricity
      • Water Power Potential
        • Table Hydropower Resource Potential, by Continent, 2002 (percent)
        • Table Power Potential of U.S. Water Energy Resource Sites
      • Types of Hydropower Systems
      • Scale of Hydropower Systems
    • Hydropower Future
      • Factors Driving Hydropower Growth
      • Large Hydropower Growth
      • Small Hydropower Growth
      • Very Small Hydro Growth
        • Table Global Hydro Growth Projections, 2009-2013 ($ millions)
      • Ocean Energy and Hydrokinetic Growth
    • Summary
  • Hydropower
    • Scope
    • The Largest Renewable Energy Source
      • Table Sources of Renewable Energy, 2002 and 2007 (percent)
    • Sources of Electric Power
    • Electricity Demand
      • Table Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Countries
    • History of Hydropower
    • Types of Hydropower Systems
      • Impoundment Systems
      • Pumped Storage Systems
      • Run-of-River Systems
      • Hydrokinetic Power – Ocean Wave and Current Systems
    • Ocean Wave Energy
    • Ocean and Tidal Current Energy
    • River Current Energy
    • Ocean, Tidal, and River Current Turbines
    • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
    • Salinity Gradient Energy
    • Scale of Hydropower Systems
    • Hydropower Turbines
      • Table Water Turbine Application
    • Summary
  • Conventional Hydro Market Size & Growth
    • Scope
    • Hydropower Today
      • Hydropower Potential in the United States
        • Table Power Potential of U.S. Water Energy Resource Sites
    • Large Scale Hydro Growth
      • Table Largest Hydropower Facilities (Global) (MW of Capacity)
      • Large Scale Hydro Growth in the United States
    • Small Hydro Growth
    • Very Small Scale Hydropower Growth
      • Table Very Small Hydro Systems
      • Table Small Hydropower (SHP) Installations, by Region
      • Table Populations With No Access to Electricity (millions)
      • Mini-Hydro Growth
      • Micro-Hydro Growth
      • Pico-Hydro Growth
    • Growth Drivers and Inhibitors
      • Factors Enhancing Hydro Growth
      • Factors Inhibiting Hydro Growth
        • Table Fish Mortality Rates, by Injury Type
    • Summary
  • Hydrokinetic and Ocean Hydro Market Size and Growth
    • Scope
    • Ocean, Wave, and Hydrokinetic Potential
    • Ocean Energy Investments
      • Ocean Energy Production in the Years Ahead
        • Table Companies With Producing Ocean Technologies (Full Scale Prototypes and Commercial Installations)
      • Costs of Setting up an Ocean Energy Power Converter
      • Projected World Growth in Ocean Energy, 2009-2013
      • The U.S. Ocean Energy Technology Market
    • Growth in the World Wave Energy Market
      • Leading Global Wave Energy Companies
        • Table Wave Energy Companies with Full-Scale Prototypes
      • U.S. Wave Energy Market
        • Table U.S. Geographic Locations and Potential Wave Energy Output
    • Growth in the World Tidal/Current Energy Market
      • Barrage Systems
      • U.S. Tidal Energy Market
      • U. S. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Projects
      • Salinity Gradient Projects
    • Factors Affecting Future Growth
      • Factors Enhancing Growth
      • Factors Inhibiting Growth
    • Summary
  • Hydro Inventions and Innovations
    • Scope
    • The Power of Water Is Everywhere
      • Harnessing Power From Water Utilities
      • Bucket Generator System
      • Harnessing Water Power From The Home
    • Hydrokinetic Innovations
      • A Run-of-River Variant
      • Power Barges
      • Tailrace Water Power
      • A Slow Current Hydro Device
    • Recent Inventions
      • Table Recent U.S. Patents for Hydro Inventions, 2007-2009
      • Hydrokinetic Inventions
      • Ocean Wave Hydropower Inventions
    • U.S. Department of Energy Hydro Research Activities
    • Recent Hydro Deployments
      • Wave Energy Development
      • Micro Hydro Development
      • Large HydroDevelopment
      • Summary
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Scope
    • Pelamis Wave Power Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Pelamis Wave Power Ltd.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Pelamis Wave Power Ltd.
      • Significant Developments
    • Marine Current Turbines Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Marine Current Turbines Ltd.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Marine Current Turbines Ltd.
      • Significant Events
    • Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Company
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Company
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Company
      • Significant Events
    • Finavera Renewables Inc.
      • Overview
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Company Performance
        • Table Finavera Renewables Inc.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Finavera Renewables Inc.
      • Significant Events
    • Voith Hydro
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Voith Hydro
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Voith Hydro
      • Significant Events
    • Npower Renewables Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Npower Renewables Ltd.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Npower Renewables Ltd.
      • Significant Events
    • Asian Phoenix Resources Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Asian Phoenix Resources Ltd.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Asian Phoenix Resources Ltd.
    • Hydro Green Energy LLC
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Hydro Green Energy
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Hydro Green Energy
      • Significant Events
    • Rentricity Inc.
      • Overview
      • Company Performance
        • Table Rentricity Inc.
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Rentricity Inc
      • Significant Events
  • Appendix

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