Nowadays many countries have dramatically cut the incentives for solar photovoltaic and wind farms; consequently many new investors and entrepreneurs pay more attention to small and mini hydro power plants. Hydropower currently respect to other renewable sources has not negligible benefits as lower cost of installation to equal installed capacity, higher reliability, higher energy production and more intensity and consistency over time. Many aspects as well as the sensibility to environmental issues related to civil works and the introduction of incentives for the production of renewable energy from small plants (< 1 MW) drive the attention to small Hydro Power Plants (HPPs). The thousands of historic mills, water wheels, inoperative hydropower stations or unrealized potential offer an interesting opportunity for small and micro hydropower generation. This article evaluates technical and economic feasibility of the repowering of one of the oldest Sicilian hydro power plant currently abandoned and disused. The reactivation of the Catarrate hydropower plant allows producing energy from renewable source contributing to the energy independence of the local community, with an energy yearly production of about 220 MW. Moreover, this study demonstrates the attractiveness of small hydropower as a local investment vehicle and at same time an occasion to preserve the historical industrial heritage of disused hydro plants.
|Titolo:||Technical and Economic Perspective for Repowering of Micro Hydro Power Plants: a Case Study of an Early XX Century Power Plant|
|Autori interni:||TINA, Giuseppe Marco|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|