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HPAU Participates in HYDRO 2022, Strasbourg

Dan Marlone, HPAU HYPOSO Project Manager makes a presentation at the HYDRO 2022 Conference at Strasbourg, France

From April 25, HPAU joined thousands of other hydro power stakeholders in an international conference and exhibition that took place at Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg, France. The 3-day HYDRO 2022 Conference was organized by Aqua Media International in partnership with EDF, France’s leading energy utility; under the theme, ‘Roles of Hydro in the Global Recovery.’

In his presentation during the HYPOSO session, Dan Marlone took the participants through the abundant investment opportunities in Uganda’s Small Hydropower Development.

The event attracted over 700 experts and manufacturers in the hydropower sector. It was the first hydropower live international event since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Alison Bartle of Aqua Media International, Africa 2022 due to be held in Uganda before the end of the year may be the next big thing for Uganda. 

HPAU adds its voice to #WithHydropower campaign

Hydro Power Association of Uganda (HPAU) is actively participating in We can, with hydropower, a new global campaign that got under way this week. The evidence-based campaign is calling for urgent investment in hydropower to combat climate change, accelerate progress towards net zero and strengthen energy security.

A campaign website went live on Monday 21 March at hydropower.org/wecan, highlighting the many benefits that hydropower provides to society when developed responsibly and sustainably. The website also features social media message graphics in several languages for users to share, and a five-point call to action for governments.

You can interact with the hashtag #WithHydropower on social media to follow the campaign and join the conversation on hydropower’s role in meeting our shared climate goals.

The campaign is spearheaded by the International Hydropower Association (IHA). Hydro Power Association of Uganda is part of a coalition of progressive organisations that are taking part, with a range of further activities in development for later this year.

Capacity Building Courses Kick-Off

In a bid to boost the capacity of its member in the target countries, the HYPOSO Project conducted training courses in small hydro power development for its members in the target countries in Africa. This activity, led by senior experts from IHE Delft Institute for Water Development in Netherlands, started on 10th January, 2022, for both Uganda and Cameroon. The training was conducted both virtually and face to face in Kampala and in Ebolowa in Cameroon, climaxing in a site visit to Memve’ele 220MW Hydropower Project. HPAU sponsored 8 participants from Uganda to Cameroon for Week 2 of the training.

A cross section of participants at the Training and Capacity Building activity at Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala on 10th January, 2022.

HYPOSO Conducts Site Visits

L-R: Emmy Matovu, HPAU Chairman, looks on as Bernhard, Janusz and Nino share experiences with Hon. Irene Muloni, soon after the launch of the HYPOSO Project in Uganda

Three European partners of the HYPOSO Project from were in Uganda for two weeks, from September 16th 2021. The team, constituting of Bernhard Pelikan, Janusz Steller and Nino Frosio came in to conduct physical visits to the three selected proposed hydro power sites, namely Cheptui 2.35MW in Kapchorwa, Kinyuku 7MW in Kasese and Kibaale 2MW in Rakai districts.

The activity was preceded by an official launch of the HYPOSO Project in Uganda, which took place at Hotel Africana and was officiated by Hon. Dr. Eng. Irene Muloni, who is the former minister of energy. Hon. Muloni is also a member of the HYPOSO Project Advisory Board and Senior Presidential Advisor for Energy.

The site visits shall culminate in preparation of pre-feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment reports for the three sites, at the cost of the HYPOSO Project.

HPAU joins IHA and US DOE to Launch the Pumped Storage Forum

Hydro Power Association of Uganda (HPAU) has this week joined the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to launch a global initiative of 11 governments and more than 70 other organisations aimed at addressing the urgent need for clean and reliable energy storage.

The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower (IFPSH) will develop policy proposals and exchange knowledge on the technical and market reforms necessary to overcome barriers to sustainable pumped storage hydropower projects, known as the ‘world’s water batteries.’

The initiative, launched on 3rd November 2020, brings together the governments of the USA, Austria, Brazil, Estonia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Norway and Switzerland, as well as international financial institutions, non-profit organisations and leading energy companies such as EDF, GE Renewable Energy, Voith and Hydro Tasmania.

HPAU is a partner in the forum.

About pumped storage

Pumped storage hydropower (PSH) is the world’s largest battery energy storage technology, accounting for over 94 per cent of installed energy storage capacity. IHA estimates that PSH projects now at least 9,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity globally.