Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The purpose of this project was to evaluate the performance of a 15 kW micro-hydroelectric power plant forming part of an integrated energy system (IES) (including a hydro plant, two heat pumps and a solar air heater) for a hillside farm involved in goat breeding. The plant was connected to the National Grid to allow the sale of surplus electricity or the purchase of electricity in cases of emergency. During the demonstration phase, the hydro plant produced 82,000 kWh/yr of which 28,900 kWh were used directly at the farm (about 90 % of the total requirements). The other 53,100 kWh were sold to the Grid. The topography of the site in which the plant was created was unsuitable and therefore required a relatively complex structure. However, it has been established that if the project were repeated elsewhere on more suitable sites it would ensure a pay-back period of just 9 years with an 11.6 % IRR.

Additional information

Authors: PELLIZZI G, Università degli Studi di Milano, Istituto di Ingegneria Agraria (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14817 IT/EN (1993) 102 pp., FS, ECU 13.50
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-6592-5
Record Number: 199311616 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: it,en