Renewables First’s expertise and experience developed in the UK hydropower industry is available for overseas projects, working on projects from 100 kW to 2 MW, though will work on smaller and larger projects if required. Most of our projects are medium and higher heads (10 to 200 metres), though we would welcome low head / high flow projects as well – this is an area we are market leaders for in the UK. We currently work in Africa, Eastern Europe and the United States, though would consider projects in other areas as well.
Our clients include
Investment companies; often taking advantage of the liberalisation of the electricity industry in their country as governments make concessions for developing small and medium-scale hydro sites available to private investors. Renewables First provides technical advice on the best way to develop the sites and then completes the feasibility, consenting, design and construction oversight, as well as ongoing support once operational.
Businesses; normally large energy consumers with grid supplied electricity and/or diesel generators. Often in the agricultural or industrial sectors. The incentive for renewables is to reduce the cost of energy, improve the security of supply and reduce the carbon footprint of products. Renewables First can provide all of our normal services and the expertise to electrically integrate the renewables energy generation with your existing on site electricity distribution system.
We would also be happy to work with NGO’s, private individuals, landowners and utility companies that require hydropower consultancy services.
- Resource assessments of geographic areas
- Pre-feasibility and full hydropower feasibility studies
- Initial consultations with regulatory authorities and regional electricity infrastructure owners
- Consenting (environmental and planning / development consents)
- Outline design and specification (normally to support consenting process and raising finance)
- Detailed construction design
- Construction-stage oversight and management
- Condition assessment of existing hydropower sites
The links provided above take you to the relevant pages for our UK hydro services; our overseas services are technically similar but tailored to meet the requirements of the country where the hydropower project is located.
How we work
To keep overseas project costs to a reasonable level Renewables First would work with our client’s established and trusted local contacts and contractors, particularly for civil engineering and mechanical and electrical (M&E) works. This approach makes the most of our hydro expertise and can be effectively provided from the UK with only occasional site visits, which reduces the costs normally associated with using UK-based engineering consultancies. In parallel we use the latest 3D site surveying equipment to construct a comprehensive 3D digital model of the site at an early stage, which allows us to effectively complete most of the design work from the UK. Where possible we utilise the latest IT to allow video conferencing with in-country contacts to ensure effective and regular communication.
Our overseas clients benefit from the same independence from hydro turbine manufacturers as our UK clients do, so you can always be assured that we will only specify the most appropriate hydropower hardware for your site that will operate reliably and efficiently for many years.
If you have a small to medium-scale hydropower project and require high quality hydropower consultancy, please contact us using our enquiry form.
Are you considering a hydropower project in the UK, Ireland or overseas?
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Once complete, you will understand the site potential and be guided through the next steps to develop your project. You can read more about hydropower in our Hydro Learning Centre.