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West + Middle Europe
East Europe + Asia

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


In Hydro4U, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) is represented by two institutes: the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and River Research (IWA) and the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG).

The research focus of BOKU IWA lies on integral hydraulic engineering, with the following core elements: water use – water protection – protection from the water. These include research areas and expertise in renewable energy with sustainable hydropower, integrated flood risk management, (eco-) hydraulics, river research and hydraulic engineering, with an emphasis on sediment management and river morphology, river restoration as well as waterway infrastructure for inland navigation.

The research focus of BOKU IHG lies on sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems, including conservation, restoration and biodiversity aspects as well as the provision of ecosystem services in the light of anthropogenic pressures and global change in order to contribute towards the development and implementation of sustainable policies at national, EU and global levels – such as the EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


BOKU’s core activities in the project are to lead the analysis of unexploited small-scale hydropower potential in Central Asia. Further, BOKU plays a key role in the project team by sharing environmental research expertise. BOKU is involved in several other Hydro4U activities aiming to achieve environmentally sustainable hydropower solutions and giving holistic decision support. Most of the activities are conducted jointly by the BOKU team. In addition, BOKU IWA implements discharge and sediment field measurements, and BOKU IHG leads fish ecological surveys and environmental assessments at the demo and test sites.

Persons Involved

Helmut Habersack, WP1 leader, Full Professor for Hydraulic Engineering and Modelling, BOKU IWA

Daniel S. Hayes, Senior Scientist and Postdoc, BOKU IHG

Stefan Schmutz, Full Professor for Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis, BOKU IHG

Jan De Keyser, Scientific Project Assistant, BOKU IWA

Fundación CARTIF


Fundación CARTIF is a leading Spanish Applied Research Centre in terms of R&D and technology transfer activities. CARTIF is legally established as a Foundation (private non-profit research centre) and its main goals are to identify technology needs and develop R&D-based knowledge, to support technological innovation in industry, mainly among SMEs and to disseminate R&D and innovation results.

Nowadays, CARTIF employs 185 people, mainly engineers, scientists and senior researchers working in three technical divisions, including the Energy Division. In 2021, CARTIF is participating in 59 ongoing international projects, including 35 H2020 projects (7 as coordinator) and 11 LIFE projects (5 as coordinator, including LIFE NEXUS).

CARTIF is a very active member of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA – FoF PPP), the European Association for Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (A.SPIRE – SPIRE PPP), the Big Data Value Association (BDVA – Big Data Value PPP), EURobotics (SPARK PPP on Robotics) and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC – BBI, Bio-Based Industries PPP), among other EU associations and initiatives.


CARTIF leads the replication of sustainable small-hydropower potential (WP5), which includes the development of the Hydro4U replication guideline tool. Furthermore, CARTIF contributes to the determination of the sustainable hydropower potential based on GIS data and impacts modelling at river basin scale and to the development of a screening tool to analyse site-specific hydropower conditions in Central Asia (WP1). Finally, CARTIF participates in activities to quantify the shared benefits and trade-off analyses in the context of the Water-Food-Energy-Climate nexus and to co-design the Count4D tool for accountability of resources (WP2).

Persons Involved

Ph.D. Raquel López, Researcher of CARTIF Energy Division, WP5 Leader

Ph.D. Ivan Ramos, Researcher of CARTIF Energy Division, Collaboration in WP1 and WP2

Ph.D. Fredy Vélez, Researcher of CARTIF Energy Division, Collaboration in WP5

Ismael Lozano, Researcher of CARTIF Energy Division, Collaboration in WP5

Erhard Muhr GmbH


Erhard Muhr GmbH is an experienced manufacturer of hydropower equipment with an international and diverse client base. Our products address relevant issues in species conservation and zero-impact design and are built to adapt to the situation on site.


Erhard Muhr GmbH’s core activities in Hydro4U are the economic and ecological optimisation of Hydroshaft power plant equipment, the manufacturing, delivery and installation of trash rack with integrated cleaning device, flow regulation gates, stop logs and turbine integration frame, and validation.

Persons Involved

Fabian Böttger, Head of Project

Helmut Steidl, Head of Design

Own Equity of the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (EVINBO)


EVINBO is the Dutch acronym for the Own Equity of the Research Institute for Nature and Forest. The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) is the independent research institute of the Flemish government that underpins and evaluates biodiversity policy and management by means of applied scientific research, data and knowledge sharing. The Flemish government is a regional Belgian government, governing the North of Belgium, called Flanders.

INBO describes the state and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, investigates causes of change and develops directly applicable instruments. It develops future studies that underpin nature policy in the longer term. We always do this in dialogue with partners from society, science, policy and management.

The team Aquatic Management of INBO is involved in Hydro4U. The Aquatic Management team conducts research in various management aspects of standing and running water. The research focus is on habitat restoration and restoration of longitudinal and lateral connectivity in streams and rivers as required for the conservation and restoration of aquatic fauna and flora. Typical research issues include the construction of environmentally friendly river banks, river restoration and the construction of fish passages. We have long-lasting experience in fish behavioural studies conducted with different types of telemetry such as acoustic telemetry, radio telemetry and passive integrated transponder (PIT) telemetry.


The main activity of INBO in Hydro4U is to lead the fish telemetric monitoring, evaluating the potential impact of the installations on the present fish species. We are mainly involved in the impact assessment of the hydropower plants on site by fish tracking studies.

Persons Involved

Johan Coeck – fisheries scientist and team leader

Pieterjan Verhelst – fisheries scientist leading the fish tracking studies

Ine Pauwels – fisheries scientist supporting the fish tracking studies and the communication and dissemination activities

GLOBAL Hydro Energy GmbH


GLOBAL Hydro is the primary contact worldwide for hydropower technologies and secures a liveable environment for the next generations due to innovative solutions. We are specialists in Kaplan, Pelton and Francis turbines with capacities of 100 kW to 30 MW. With our power plant management system HEROS, our fully automated turbine and plant control system, as well as smarT, GLOBAL Hydro’s fully assembled PLUG-IN power plant solution, we are offering our customers sustainable package solutions.


The goal of GLOBAL Hydro is to develop two different technologies for the future. On the one hand, a Kaplan turbine for water pipes in a modular design and, on the other hand, the smarT container solution for medium heads. Additionally, GLOBAL Hydro leads the implementation work in Hydro4U.

Persons Involved

Bernhard Kodré - Managing Director / COO

Thomas Eder - Head of Production

Maria Penzinger - Marketing Manager

hydrosolutions GmbH


hydrosolutions GmbH, a Swiss-based consulting company, and spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), designs, develops and deploys modern, innovative technology solutions for multi-faceted water resources management challenges in the global drylands. Core competencies are:

  • integrated water resources management
  • planetary-scale remote sensing
  • low-cost monitoring via local involvement
  • hydrological modeling of surface and groundwater
  • flood modeling and hazard mapping
  • the quantification of climate impacts, and
  • the modernisation and digitisation of water information systems


The company’s previous and ongoing work focusses on semi-arid to arid Africa, Central and South Asia, as well as China. Clients include the Food and Agricultural Organisation, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Water Management Institute, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the World Bank.


Lead hydrology experts for the estimation of the small-scale hydropower potential in Central Asia and the quantification of climate impacts in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya Basins.

Persons Involved

Dr. Tobias Siegfried, CEO

Dr. Beatrice Marti, Senior Hydrological Modeler



ILF CONSULTING ENGINEERS (abbreviated to ILF) is a completely independent international engineering and consulting firm, with over 40 office locations across five continents. ILF supports its clients in technically demanding industrial and infrastructure projects within the following main business areas:

  • Energy & Climate Protection
  • Water & Environment
  • Transportation & Urban Spaces
  • Oil, Gas & Industrial


Tailor-made solutions, innovation, cost effectiveness, sustainability and environmental compatibility take priority in all projects entrusted to ILF.


ILF will elaborate a detailed assessment and the construction design for a demo site. This includes the detailed analysis of the local geological and geotechnical site conditions, the structural and hydraulic detailed design, the detailed construction design as well as the site supervision.

Persons Involved

Gabriel Pojer, MSc in civil engineering; project manager and hydropower expert

Christoph Prager, PhD in geology; geological expert

Larissa Anissimova, graduate from civil/structural engineering academy; implementation of local requirements

Azamat Aizharykov, MSc in civil engineering; site supervision

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, research-for-development organisation that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support the implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center whose mission is to provide water solutions for sustainable, climate-resilient development.

IWMI has an official presence in Central Asia since 2001 with the opening of a subregional office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. IWMI positions itself as principal research and knowledge partner in water resources management in the region. They collaborate closely with the ministries, local water management authorities, farmers, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), other CGIAR centers and donor-funded projects. In particular, IWMI’s research in the region focuses on identifying best practices for saving water, improving irrigation performance, reversing trends in land degradation and salinity, and contributing to the development of effective water resource institutions. Furthermore, IWMI’s research projects look to water-energy-food nexus linkages, improving water and energy use efficiency, enhancing transboundary cooperation as well as climate change projections in selected river basins, building capacity of water management professionals, evaluating impact assessment of the projects as well as river basin management planning and improving on-farm water accounting.


Leading the work concerning the cross-border Water-Food-Energy-Climate nexus; Identification of demo-sites’ hydropower plants and basic data acquisition and Preconditions for small-scale hydropower sustainability; Leading the task to enable policy-makers, practitioners, academia and scholars to make small-scale hydropower, Water-Energy-Food Nexus and cross-border cooperation thinking a reality with HYDRO4U project results; Contribution to the acquisition of (geo)data as well as Assessment of hydropower development scenarios in Central Asia

Persons Involved

Oyture Anarbekov, Country Manager of IWMI Central Asia Office

Prof. Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, IWMI’s Strategic Program Director - Water, Food & Ecosystems

Kakhramon Djumaboev, Researcher on Water Management based in IWMI Central Asia Office

Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov (KSTU)


Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov (KSTU) is the flagship of engineering and technical education in Kyrgyzstan. The University trains highly qualified specialists in various fields for our republic, the countries of the near and far abroad. KSTU closely cooperates with enterprises and investors, where it sends its students and graduates for Engineering practical training and further employment.


In Hydro4U, KSTU acts as a partner University in Kyrgyzstan and participates in the implementation of several work packages, especially concerning the replication of sustainable small hydropower potential and exploitation, dissemination and communication activities.

Persons Involved

Dr. Venera Baichekirova, Head of International relations Department

Ms. Nargiz Temirkulova, Teacher of Automatics Department

Dr. Talai Mederov, Teacher of RES Department

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum


Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is committed to working in the areas of innovation and internationalisation as well as transnational technology transfer to stimulate and support the innovation process in industrial companies. Steinbeis Europa Zentrum has been operating since 1990, supporting innovation of SMEs, cross-border technology transfer, building innovation capacities in SME, and supporting SME´s participation in EU research projects.

Well-connected with international partners and networks, we stand by companies, start-ups, universities, research institutions and cluster initiatives on issues of innovation management, financing, EU applications, international markets, regional and social transformation and innovation policy.

Steinbeis is active in different sectors including energy and environmental technologies. Within these sectors, Steinbeis has a wide portfolio of EU projects to which it has contributed its expertise in exploitation, replication, dissemination and communication.


Steinbeis’ core activities in the project are to coordinate the exploitation of commercial and research results including business modelling. Further, Steinbeis coordinates communication and dissemination of the project progress to build up a project specific ecosystem.

Persons Involved

Isabelle Dubreuilh, MSc in Management, Project Manager and main contact for exploitation

Charlotte Schlicke, Diplom-Geographer, MBE, Senior Project Manager and main contact for dissemination and communication

SJE Ecohydraulic Engineering


SJE Ecohydraulic Engineering (SJE) provides engineering services in river hydraulics and river ecology. SJE develops and applies advanced simulation tools for the assessment and mitigation of hydropower impacts, e. g. the software CASiMiR for fish habitat and migration analysis.

KJ Consult provides sustainable and environment-friendly planning and design of hydropower installations.


The main activity of KJC, as linked third party, is the sustainable planning and design of five demonstration and test sites while SJE’s main role is to integrate the environmental impact assessment (EIA) outcomes. SJE / KJC is leader of the “Technical planning, sustainability and assessment” work package.

Persons Involved

Matthias Schneider (SJE), executive director, coordination, assessment

Klaus Jorde (KJC), executive director, coordination, planning

Iana Kopecki (SJE), modelling and data analysis

Tobias Hägele (SJE), modelling and data analysis

"Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers" National Research University (TIIAME NRU)


The “Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers” National Research University (TIIAME NRU) is a regionally recognised academic and research institute known for its top programmes in engineering (irrigation, water resources, ecology and environment, electrification & automation, agricultural mechanisation, land management and agricultural economics / management & marketing).


TIIAME NRU’s core activities in the project are to depict the impact of small-scale hydropower on aquatic and fish ecology in mountain ecosystems and to lead the preparation and dissemination of open-source educational materials.

Persons Involved

Bakhtiyor Karimov, Prof., DSc. in biology

Abdulkhakim Salokhiddinov, Prof., DSc. in technical sciences

Tagir Salikhov, PhD. in biology

Technical University of Munich (TUM)


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) ranks among Europe’s most outstanding universities in research and innovation – an achievement powered by its distinctive character as an entrepreneurial university. The university is characterised by a unique profile with its core domains natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and medicine.

The Chair of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering of TUM has broad experience in hydropower, sediment transport, sediment management, river morphology, habitat modelling and flood management control. It was involved in various hydropower investigations mainly by doing physical or numerical model test.


In Hydro4U, TUM, represented by the Chair of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering, leads the consortium and provides, in addition, one sustainable small-scale hydropower technology - the fish-friendly hydroshaft power plant.

Persons Involved

Bertalan Alapfy, Environmental Engineer, M.Sc., Project Coordinator