Celebration of the official launch of the Francis Container Power Solution in Shakimardan

On 11th July President of Uzbekistan, President Mirziyoyev, visited the Fergana region to participate in the “Ceremony dedicated to launching the construction of new projects in industry, energy and chemical fields in Fergana region”.


One of these new projects is the small hydropower plant at the Shakimardan river with the Francis Container Power Solution from GHE with a capacity of 2.2 Megawatt.

The ceremony itself took place in Fergana but a live video has been shown from two different small hydropower demo-sites, one is from the Hydro4U demo-site at the Shakimardan Village.


The head of the construction department at UGE, Mr Said Yusupov, announced that the Shakimardan HPP is ready for operation.


Hydro4U partners have contributed to this demonstration site with preparational work, technical design, ecological studies and the HPP Francis Container Power Solution and support on site.


An overview of the implemented technology is given on the website under: Demo 1 – Container Solution – Hydro4U  and an overview of the construction sites is explained on  this poster .



Further information:

Video about two small HPP from UGE out of which the one in Shakimardan Village is the one being the Hydro4U demo-site at the Shakimardan River: Official Launch of the Francis Container Power Solution in Shakimardan


Read more about the ceremony that took place on the 11th July 2024:  Мирзиёев запустил строительство первой системы хранения электроэнергии (kun.uz)

Picture credits: UGE

Demonstration activities on six real hydroelectric power plants: the D-HYDROFLEX project

D-HYDROFLEX will employ demonstration activities on six real hydroelectric power plants (HPP) across five European countries. This will ensure the replicability of the developed solutions in different geographical and market set ups testing variety use cases.

#1 Polish demo


Demo site: Wały Śląskie hydroelectric power plant

Country: Poland

Location: Brzeg Dolny

Capacity [MW] : 10

Hydro System:  4 Kaplan turbines

Type: Run-of-river


Demo outcomes: As part of the D-Hydroflex project, the Wały Śląskie Water Power Plant will implement a “turbine digital twin” supported by hydrological modelling and CFD simulations. This comprehensive digital twin will also incorporate a predictive maintenance tool, aimed at improving the turbine’s reliability. This initiative sets a precedent for modernizing hydroelectric plants with advanced digital solutions.


Demo impact: The introduction of these technologies is expected to bring numerous benefits. The digital twin and predictive maintenance tool will enable real-time monitoring and data-driven decision-making, improving the overall efficiency and sustainability of the plant. Additionally, the enhanced modelling capabilities will provide deeper insights into hydrological patterns, contributing to more effective water management and energy production strategies. These advancements will bolster the plant’s output and serve as a model for similar facilities looking to adopt modern digital solutions.


Involved Partners:


TAURON: Demo HPP owner

PWR: University

#2 Romanian Demo


Demo site: Bratia Hydroelectric Power Plant

Country: Romania

Location: Albeștii de Muscel

Capacity [MW] : 1,56MW

Hydro System:  2 Pelton turbines

Type: Run-of-river


Demo outcomes of the Romanian demo will be focused on:

  • Fault detection and predictive maintenance based on advanced SCADA data processing.
  • Energy production forecasting, based on available data related to the power station operation
  • Hybridization of HPP for increased flexibility by facilitating connection to other renewable energy sources via local smart grids and/or VPP.


Demo impact of the Romanian demo will be focused on:

  • Increase smart readiness of the HPP for operation and preventive maintenance purposes
  • Readiness for hybrid future connection with other RES sources and/or VPP
  • Readiness for integration & operation into local smart grids


Involved Partners:

IDEA Technology provider

INTEX Demo HPP owner

CARTIF Research Institute

#3 Spanish Demo


Demo site: Salto de Touro Hybrid Hydroelectric Power Plant

Country: Spain

Location: Ulla River

Capacity [MW]: 12

Hydro System:  2 Kaplan turbines

Type:    Run-of-river


Demo outcomes: The Spanish demo aims to revolutionize run-of-river hydro power plants by integrating a hybrid model for enhanced flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability. This involves generating hydrogen on-site through an electrolysis plant with 0.4 MW of installed capacity, contributing to a substantial reduction of emissions compared to conventional technologies. Other key outcomes include advancements in hybrid power plant knowledge, algorithms for optimal operation, and comprehensive environmental parameter monitoring.


Demo impact: This demo not only fosters sustainable practices but also facilitates the integration of hydrogen technology in small hydro power plants, aligning with energy targets and enhancing economic and environmental sustainability within the hydro power sector.


Description of Technology implemented: Two multi-parameter probes will be installed, whose data will feed the algorithms that predict the production capacity of Green Hydrogen as a function of water quality.


Expected impact: The objective is to obtain an accurate understanding of the capacity of inland waters for use in the production of green hydrogen by determining the hybridisation possibilities of the extensive network of hydropower facilities in Europe.


Involved Partners:


TASGA Demo HPP owner

ENERGYLAB Research and Technology Institute

CARTIF Research and Technology Institute

#4 French Demo


Demo site:  Mauzac Hydroelectric Power Plant

Country: France

Location: Dordogne River & Selune River

Capacity [MW]: 13.2

Hydro System:  1 Kaplan & 5 Francis turbines

Type: Run-of-river


Demo outcomes


The main expected outcomes of the French demonstrators are:

  • Increasing the HPP performance regarding hydropower production while lowering its environmental impact, especially on fish passage.
  • Providing information on the migration dynamic fish species, such as salmon, eel, shad etc.
  • Optimization of the protection measure or devices, such as turbine management, installation of temporary scientific devices (additional bypass or trap and truck)
  • Increasing the knowledges on the dynamics of the fish migration (i.e., migration season, environmental triggers of the migration)


Demo impact

These efforts align with the goals of increasing hydropower production while minimizing the environmental impact. The French demonstrator showcases a commitment to sustainable energy practices and effective fish conservation strategies.


Involved Partners:

EDF Demo HPP owner

# 5 Greek Demo


Country: Greece

Regions: Kremasta  & Ilarion

Location: Acheloos & Aliakmon Rivers

Capacity: [MW] 437 & 153

Hydro system    4 Francis turbines & 2 Francis turbines

Type: Earth Fill


Demo outcomes: The technologies implemented and demonstrated within the Greek demo include:

  • An asset management platform that will integrate geometric, non-geometric and management information data.
  • The automatic generation of the geometric digital twin model for the HPPs.
  • A federated learning intrusion detection system, for early detecting cyberattacks against the OT and automation systems of the dams.


Demo Impact: The Greek demo aims to enhance hydroelectric power plant resilience by early detecting intrusions and malicious activities. Moreover, the demo aims to suggest data standards for efficient digital dam management in operations and maintenance.


Involved Partners:

MINDS Technology provider

PPC Demo HPP owner

UCL University

UOC University

Author: D-Hydroflex

Information on the demonstrators: https://d-hydroflex.eu/demonstrators/

Website: www.d-hydroflex.eu

LinkedIn: d-hydroflex

Twitter: @d-hydroflex

D-HYDROFLEX project conducts survey on hydropower digitalization trends & barriers

The D-HYDROFLEX project is conducting a survey aiming to investigate the barriers that hinder the digitalisation of the hydropower plants and limit the potential of hydropower sector to provide flexibility. The questionnaire is structured upon 4 sections: (A) Participant profile, (B) Hydropower digitalization, (C) Hydropower flexibility, (D) Regulatory barriers to hydropower digitalization and flexibility.


The survey will be available through this link and should not take more than 10 minutes to complete: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUtT7prjjjIh-HIJIc-ir23swmTU8EMbAI80kDmo2tMjuj-w/viewform?pli=1



For further information visit: https://d-hydroflex.eu/

The iAMP-Hydro project on new digital sensors and services

The current hydropower plant fleet in the EU is aged, and it is estimated that 50% of the fleet will require upgrade actions by 2030. In particular, modernisation actions related to digitalisation are required in the short to medium term, in order to offer enhanced services, increase grid flexibility, environmental and socio-economic sustainability and to foster the green and digital transitions in Europe.


The iAMP-Hydro project will improve the operations of existing hydropower stations through the development of new digital sensors and services. Combined, these will form a novel intelligent Asset Management Platform for Hydropower Operation and Maintenance, the iAMP.


The following aspects are worked on in the project to reach the iAMP-Hydro objectives:


  • Condition Monitoring of Hydropower Equipment (lab scale & on-site sensors)
  • Predictive Maintenance Modelling (lab scale & on-site sensors)
  • Ecology Monitoring Sensor Development, Data Analysis & Smart Flow Steering (lab scale & on-site sensors)
  • Flow & Available Power Prediction Model Development
  • Semantic Interoperability Mechanisms for Hydropower, Energy & other relevant Data
  • End-User Requirements and Architecture Design for the ICT Components of iAMP-Hydro & iAMP implementation
  • Data Analytics and Hydro Asset Management Platform Development
  • System Validation in Operating Hydro plants & Case studies


By reaching the objectives, iAMP-Hydro aims at increasing the technology competitiveness of existing hydro by reducing O&M costs by 5-10 %, improving generation and revenues, increasing flexibility and data-driven decision making in hydropower operations. It will also increase the market penetration of renewables in the grid by 8.4 TWh/y, getting closer to the EU 2030 Climate and Energy targets, and the EU green deal. iAMP-Hydro will improve environmental and socio-economic sustainability of the existing hydropower fleet by reducing operating costs by € 1 billion per annum, reducing CO2 emissions by 1260 tonnes, creating 10,000 future-proof jobs, and enabling environmentally sustainable flow regulation using digital solutions.


Furthermore, the iAMP-Hydro project invites interested stakeholders to its Community of Practice where the latest results are presented for discussion, getting directly involved to form a sustainable energy future (connecting hydropower, PV and wind energy). Registration and participation at the Community of Practice is free of charge, thanks to funding from the European Union. Register here if you want to be part of it: Community of Practice – www.iamp-hydro.eu


Save-the Date: On 4 December 2024, we invite you for our 2nd Co-Development Workshop, dedicated to the topic of Artificial intelligence in hydropower digitalisation webinar. You can find out more on www.iamp-hydro.eu .


Site presentation example:

One of the five demonstration sites is HPP Bermejales (2.1 MW) in the South of Spain. It is a dam-toe type plant with an average production of 2 GWh per annum, with a reservoir of 102.6 hm3. It is in a dry tropical climate. The plant contains a Francis turbine with 0.8-4.8 m3/s flows, and a nominal head of 56.5 m at 750 rpm. This is also an ideal plant to explore possible solutions of hybridisation and interoperability with other renewable sources and to foster hydro flexibility solutions and participation in energy markets, due to its seasonal operation, as the downstream water is used for irrigation which takes place for just a few months per year.

Content provided by Ingo Ball (WIP Renewable Energies) & the iAMP-Hydro consortium



ETIP HYDROPOWER announces Virtual Postcard Summer Edition

ETIP HYDROPOWER is pleased to announce the launch of the Virtual Postcard Summer Edition, inviting all stakeholders to participate in a photography initiative celebrating the synergy between hydropower facilities and their natural environments. This edition focuses on capturing the beauty, power, and sustainability of hydropower as it integrates seamlessly with the landscapes, highlighting the theme of summer.


Participants are encouraged to submit stunning images that reflect the essence of hydropower within its natural surroundings. These photographs will be used to convey summer greetings to all ETIP HYDROPOWER stakeholders and will be featured across all ETIP HYDROPOWER communication channels.


By showcasing the harmony between technology and nature, we hope to inspire greater appreciation and support for renewable energy solutions. We look forward to your contributions and to celebrating the vibrant spirit of summer through the lens of hydropower.


All entries must be received by 28 June 2024 no later than 11:59 PM CET


For further information visit: https://etip-hydropower.eu/latest-news/etip-hydropower-announces-virtual-postcard-summer-edition/ 

Hydro4U team contributes to IUCN FRESHWATER FISH SPECIALIST GROUP newsletter

Sustainability is a crucial part of the developments in small-scale hydropower (SHP) in Central Asia, particularly ecological sustainability. Ecological impacts of SHP on aquatic ecosystems are numerous, such as hampered aquatic animal migration, altered flow regimes (reduced flow, fast flow changes), changed river morphology (sediment retention, increased embeddedness), habitat fragmentation or changes in physical-chemical water quality parameters. Investigations were performed by the consortium of partners from Europe: BOKU (Austria), EVINBO (Belgium), Hydrosolutions (Switzerland) and SJE
(Germany) in cooperation with the local partner TIIAME (Uzbekistan) in the demonstration sites Shakimardan at Koksu River in Uzbekistan, and Atbashy close to Naryn City at Atbashy river in Kyrgyzstan with a focus on the mitigation of ecological impacts.


Check out the full newsletter article here

“Kyrgyzstan – Hydropower, Ecology and Hydro morphology»

The International Summer School organised by Hydro4U project partner KSTU enters a new round this year, putting special focus on the topic of Hydropower, Ecology and Hydro morphology in Kyrgyzstan.


This year’s Summer School will take place from 28.07. – 11.08.2024 at the Kyrgyz State Technical University (KSTU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and is open to Bachelor and Master Students, Aspirants/PhD Students or young Researchers.


The Summer School will be held in English/German and consists of a variety of Events and Seminars such as Lectures, Russian or Kyrgyz language course as well as Excursions: 4 Micro Hydropower plants in Chui Region will be visited; including big Power stations in South Region of Kyrgyzstan: Toktogul, Kurp-Sai, Kambar-Ata and in the North Region of Kyrgyzstan: Orto Tokoi, (Naryn/Kotschkor). In addition, there will also be a cultural program (Ala-Archa, Burana, Issyk Kul, Cholpon-Ata, Petroglyph, Son Kul, Naryn, etc.).


The prerequisites for being part of the 2024 Summer School is being a student enrolled in civil or environmental engineering, power or hydro stations, which are currently in their Bachelor/Master degree. Especially young engineers are addressed who already have an engineering background in water related topics. Engineering students and related subjects with a keen interest in the topic and in the region of Kyrgyzstan can also apply.


The application deadline for DAAD scholarships ends on May 31 2024 and for Self-Funding Applications on June 15 2024.


If you are interested in applying for this year’s Summer School, please send in your CV alongside your photo as well as a 1 page Motivation letter and the completed Application form via E-Mail: kstusummerschool[at]gmail.com with venerabk[at]gmail.com in cc.



Further information:


Scholarship: GoEast Program of DAAD can funded about 6 student of a German university’s.


Participation fee: 1.200 € (including all costs for the Summer School program, except for air travel- visa – medical insurance).


Students of a German university can apply for a scholarship in parallel to their registration at the summer school “Kyrgyzstan – Hydropower, Ecology and Hydro morphology”.


Information for a DAAD scholarship: https://www.daad.de/de/im-ausland-studieren-forschen-lehren/sprachen-lernen-sommerkurse-im-ausland/


Self-Funding students from other countries can also take part in the summer school.There are no restrictions.


Other: The participants of the summer school to get a certificate of the Kyrgyz State Technical University (5 ECTS and a grade).

News about Hydro4U’s innovation

Despite its proven potential, small-scale hydropower in Central Asia remains largely underdeveloped, even as electricity demand continues to grow. To address this challenge, the Hydro4U project aims to introduce innovative, modular, and standardized European hydropower technologies suitable for both low-head and medium-head applications in the region. By adapting these technologies to Central Asia, Hydro4U aims to demonstrate their viability within a forward-looking cross-border Water/Food/Energy/Climate nexus and enhance their price competitiveness. Additionally, the project supports European hydropower manufacturers and service providers in preparing for entry into the Central Asian market, with Steinbeis leading the way.


Innovation management in Hydro4U


From the start of the project, Steinbeis has been diligently monitoring the innovative outcomes, assisting partners in articulating their results in terms of their substance, intended utilization, and ownership of Intellectual Property.


In an effort to facilitate the introduction of the most promising results into the market, Steinbeis orchestrated the efforts of four Project Partners (TUM, GHE, Muhr, CARTIF) with innovative solutions. They conducted a thorough market analysis, which will be the foundation for the design of robust business models and pave the way for the future exploitation of their individual solutions in Central Asia.


Evaluation of the market is key


Understanding the targeted market is key to a successful exploitation. For the innovative solutions selected, some of the following elements were analysed: customer segments,  competition and the forces at play, feasibility of operations (initial assessment on how to create, deliver and capture value), identify potential problems.


This evaluation was tackled at the micro-environmental level, i.e. the factors, an organisation is directly interacting with (e.g. customers, suppliers, competitors) and at the macro-environmental level, i.e. external factors that are beyond control of the organisation but have impact on it or on its micro-environment.


To round up the market analysis, an assessment of chances (strengths, opportunities) and risks (weaknesses, threats) for each solution was carried out in the form of a SWOT analysis. This, in turn, should help the owners of these four innovative solutions to use the gained knowledge to design stronger business models for their solutions.


As a conclusion, we were able to establish the attractiveness of the Central Asian SHP sector for European suppliers of products and services. Not only there is a large untapped small hydropower potential, but further potential might be unlocked considering all the remote sites that are only accessible by solutions from Hydro4U. Also, Central Asian is characterised by a growing energy demand combined with an increasing public acceptance towards renewable energy supply. The four Hydro4U results meet these opportunities with appealing solutions. Those innovations create a win-win situation, as the high quality products keep maintenance costs low in the long run, while they guarantee ecological sustainability and flexibility to adapt to different geographical and infrastructural conditions.


In the Central Asian market, however, challenges may arise from the energy policy with regard to the feed-in tariffs, the cultural differences, the language barrier or the great distance between manufacturers and the operating sites. Not to mention the fact that competition is strong in the hydropower industry with Central Asia.

What is next


In the next steps, the partners will be supported in the drafting of appropriate Business Models and strategies to operate successfully in Central Asia.



Author and picture credits: Isabelle Dubreuilh, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum


Website: Innovation Funding | Steinbeis Europa Zentrum – Steinbeis EN (steinbeis-europa.de)

The international Horizon 2020 Hydro4U project continues its activities to adapt European eco-friendly small hydropower equipment and technologies to Central Asia

13 Partners from 8 European and Central Asian countries are collaborating to boost sustainable small-scale hydropower in Central Asia, including “TIIAME” National Research University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This project, demonstrating viability in a forward-looking cross-border water-food-energy-climate nexus has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation under grant agreement No 101022905. After almost 3 years of the start of the project activities in June 2021, the first in Central Asia ecologically sustainable hydropower plant equipped with most up-to date and eco-friendly European equipment and technologies and a fish pass, as well as downstream fish protection and migration facilities based on “Nature based solutions” was build up in Koksu River Shakhimardan exclave of Uzbekistan and ready for launch and operation.


During road construction works in 1970 – 1971 along the river Koksu the river bed was changed and banks modified. This resulted in an artificial waterfall of approx. 3.5 m height an insurmountable fish migration barrier in the river since no fish were observed upstream of the waterfall during the spring and autumn electrofishing surveys in 2021 and 2022. Following recommendations of Hydro4U-scientists this waterfall was demolished in 2024.


It should be noted that feasibility study and all the equipment necessary for the construction of this hydroelectric power plant and their installation and putting into operation of the hydroelectric power plant were paid for and implemented at the expense of the funds of the Hydro4U project. In particular, 2 Francis Container Power Solution (FCPS) with discharge of 1,6m³/s each Turbine and a maximum Power-Output of 1167kW each. The annual Power Output is equal to 11380Mwh – based on a rated flow auf 2,4m³/s. The project partner JSC “Uzbekhydroenergo” company paid and build most of the infrastructure.

Author: Prof., Dr. Bakhtiyor Karimov, Project Supervisor of the TIIAME NRU Team, Uzbekistan

Picture credits: Iana Kopecki, SJE


13 – 17 May 2024, Munich, Germany


IFAT is the world’s leading network for environmental technologies. In addition to the world’s leading trade fair IFAT Munich, this network also includes trade fairs in China, India, South Africa, Brasil and Turkey. A global network for decision-makers in companies in the environmental technology sector with specific solutions for the respective challenges in the different markets.


Hydro4U representative and project partner MUHR will be participating in this event with a booth.



For further information visit: Home (ifat.de)