Gis-based procedures for hydropower potential spotting Academic Article uri icon


  • The increasing demand for energy, especially from renewable and sustainable sources, spurs the development of small hydropower plants and encourages investment in new survey studies. Preliminary hydropower survey studies usually carry huge uncertainties about the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the undeveloped potential. This paper presents a methodology for large-scale survey of hydropower potential sites to be applied in the inception phase of hydroelectric development planning. The sequence of procedures to identify hydropower sites is based on remote sensing and regional streamflow data and was automated within a GIS-based computational program: Hydrospot. The program allows spotting more potential sites along the drainage network than it would be possible in a traditional survey study, providing different types of dam-powerhouse layouts and two types (operating modes) of projects: run-of-the-river and storage projects. Preliminary results from its applications in a hydropower-developed basin in Brazil have shown Hydrospot's limitations and potentialities in giving support to the mid-to-long-term planning of the electricity sector. 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Larentis, D. G., Collischonn, W., Olivera, F., & Tucci, C.

citation count

  • 76

complete list of authors

  • Larentis, Dante G||Collischonn, Walter||Olivera, Francisco||Tucci, Carlos EM

publication date

  • January 2010

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