Global Small Hydropower Market size by installed base was more than 110 GW for 2015 and is predicted to register more than 2.5% growth during the forecast period. Demand for pure and renewable source of energy has resulted in growth of the industry. The reason being that hydropower is purest form of renewable energy and does not pollute the environment by emitting hazardous pollutants like carbon dioxide. Also, small hydropower needs less reservoirs and construction activity it has negligible impact on environment. Further, the industry is rapidly growing owing to favourable government policies and government subsidies, tax benefits & incentives.
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In 2003, Voith Siemens won a $45 million engineering & procurement deal to deploy three small-scale hydropower units with overall deployment capacity of 60MW for Mexican firm comex hidro. These power plants were developed on the reservoirs to control floods and provide irrigation in Mexico.
Statkraft penetrated Indian hydropower industry in 2004 and was a first overseas firm to make investment in hydropower sector in India. It is involved in two big hydropower projects in India amounting to total 300 MW. The firm is further exploring new investment avenues within hydropower sector by partnering with Tata Power which is India’s biggest integrated power firm. Together the two firms have a license for new plant “Dugar” amounting to greater than 400MW in Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Global small hydropower market is segmented into key geographical regions including North America, APAC, Europe, Latin America and MEA.
APAC led the global industry with higher than 80GW deployed capacity for 2014 with Japan, India and China being key contributors for small hydropower installation. Rising demand for off grid power supply, high hydropower capacity and tax benefits were few of the drivers for sall hydropower installations in the region.
Europe was the second biggest small hydropower market in 2014. Italy led the regional industry with total installation of more than 3.1GW owing to its structured policies and high investments for industry growth.
North America small hydropower market is predicted to register CAGR of more than 2.5% during the forecast period. The region was third largest in terms of industry share in 2014. Canada and USA were dominant nations with many key small hydropower installations.
MEA small hydropower market is predicted to experience substantial expansion in future owing to rise in demand for electricity and renewable energy across nations like Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria in the region.
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Global small hydropower market share is competitive and mainly influenced by government regulations & energy targets. Key industry participants include Voith, Andritz Hydro and GE, Siemens.
Other prominent companies include Agder Energi, 24H – Hydro Power, Lanco, Derwent, StatKraft, RusHydro, and Fortum Oyj. Focus to refurbish and replace existing plants is among the key strategy to increase company operational activities.
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