Unrealized potential for economically feasible and environmentally sustainable small and micro hydropower generation exists in Europe’s thousands of historic mills, water wheel sites, weirs and other lateral structures in rivers.
Repowering abandoned sites results in the generation of hydroelectric power, both for local use and for injection to the European electrical grid. This simultaneously allows for increasing electricity from renewable sources, energy independence and grid stability. Besides enhancing energy supply security, the creation of local energy sources gives a boost to local economies, provides income sources and creates jobs.
The RESTOR-Hydro project identifies the most relevant sites suitable for refurbishment, and stimulates investment through the development of a market-driven model for regional cooperatives.
Identification and refurbishment follow specific methodological guidelines, taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects.
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