To be held from 28-29 April 2009 in Canada’s picturesque city of Vancouver, SMALL HYDRO 2009 – which is supported by the european-small-hydropower-association (esha) and the International Network on Small Hydro Power (INSHP) – has been organized to bring together delegates from government, industry and client organizations to discuss the most important issues in the small hydro arena.

Areas to be covered at the event include:

Assessing the resource
New estimates of micro (less than 100kW), mini (100kW-1MW) and small hydro (1MW-50MW)
Identifying new locations
Developing projects at existing structures
Training for engineers
International perspectives

New development mechanisms
Government funding initiatives
Prospects for private funding
Risk assessment and allocation
Working with NGOs
Experience exchange: case studies on financing
Public acceptance
CDM certified projects

Local issues
Developing local operation and management
Operating experience
Quick routes to licensing
Assessing and minimising environmental effects

Steps in technology
Improving technology to increase efficiency
Refurbishing and uprating
New equipment
Software developments
Micro to mini – keeping pace with development

Are you interested in sharing your experiences with colleagues and submitting a paper on any of the above? If so, send an abstract of up to 500 words to Carrieann Stocks at the contact details below no later than 28th November 2008. Selected authors will be asked to submit papers of up to 4000 words in length with relevant supporting illustrations by 21 January 2009.

The conference papers should be written and presented in English. The author or co-author of each accepted paper will be expected to attend the conference to present their work.

For further details – including commercial sponsorship and exhibition opportunities – please contact:

Carrieann Stocks, Editor
International Water Power & Dam Construction
Progressive House, 2 Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, Sidcup, Kent DA14 5HZ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8269 7777.
Fax: +44 (0)20 8269 7804.