Mini-Grid Webinar Series 2019

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Mini-Grids Webinar Series 2019

The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) is a south-south, knowledge exchange and advocacy platform to advance small-scale (<1MW) hydropower. HPNET, in partnership with the WISIONS of Sustainability Initiative and Energypedia, is conducting a 4-part, quarterly webinar series on mini-grids.

Renewable energy mini-grids are a cost-effective and reliable solution for energy access. Within the technologies available for mini-grids, micro and mini hydropower (MHP)1 has added advantages. It's techno-economic characteristics, such lower levelized cost of electricity, per kilowatt cost, and no need for battery storage, make it economically viable for grid interconnection and productive end use applications. read more

Because MHP hardware can be manufactured locally and maintained by local actors, MHP development imparts local skills and jobs, which can evolve into local MHP enterprises. In addition, MHP strengthens catchment area and watershed protection, in turn increasing the climate resilience of vulnerable communities in hilly regions.

The number of hydro mini-grids in rural areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America far exceed other types of mini-grids. As a proven technology with an extensive track record, micro and mini hydropower is the focus in this mini-grid webinar series. The objective of the series is to facilitate exchange among diverse actors advancing small-scale hydro, and promote approaches that lead to long-term success and optimal local benefits. Each of the four webinars will respectively provide insight on MHP reliability, sustainability, financing, and planning for scalability.

[1] In this context, micro hydropower refers to <100kW, and mini hydropower refers to 100 - 1000 kW (or 1MW).

Mini-Grid Reliability: The Role of Training Centers for Micro/Mini Hydropower

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Micro and mini hydropower (MHP) implementation involves technical expertise in hydrology, civil works, electro-mechanical, electrical, and electronics. Thanks to the pioneers of knowledge transfer for small-scale hydropower, e.g. the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), Skat Foundation, HydroNet, and others, comprehensive and frequent training was made available in the 1990s to practitioners in the global south. While such training is rare in the present-day scenario, the earlier efforts led to the creation of local experts who have since established local training centers. The Southeast Asia region particularly benefits from micro hydropower training centers.

This webinar features the following training centers that provide local capacity building for the development, operation, and maintenance of community-based micro hydro projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. read more

The founders or coordinators of the centers present the motivation, concept, and evolution of their centers. They explain the training facilities, types of training, the center’s sustainability, and the impact the centers have had on the reliability of micro hydropower projects.

Presentations are followed by a Question/Answer session open to all participants.

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Jade Angngalao SIBAT
Gerhard Fischer HYCOM


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In 2018, Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang became a senator for the national government of Malaysia, representing the state of Sabah. With extensive experience in participatory mapping, conducting community awareness workshops, enrichment planting, gravity water supply systems, and designing community-based micro-hydro systems, his work centers on improving the socio-economic conditions of rural indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak. He has been the Executive Director of TONIBUNG, a local NGO promoting localized renewable energy solutions, including CREATE Borneo, a village-based workshop and training facility, educating the next generation of indigenous engineers in renewable energy technologies. In 2004, Senator Lasimbang was awarded the Seacology Prize for Indigenous Conservationist of the year for protecting watershed areas and improving livelihoods in rural indigenous communities in Borneo. In both 2007 and 2008 he received the Outstanding Young Person Sabah (TOYPS) award for his work integrating natural resource management and rural indigenous communities. He also runs Penampang Renewable Energy, a renewable energy consultancy company. He is a technical advisor for Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS).

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Jade Angangalao is the coordinator of SIBAT’s renewable energy program, and the supervisor of SIBAT’s Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATech). She oversees the administrative needs of the center's operations, including electro mechanical equipment fabrication and research on electronic load controllers. Her supervisory role also extends to the implementation of actual micro hydropower and solar projects; wherein she is very involved in field work, particularly in community organizing and conducting feasibility studies. Other areas of work she is involved with include liaising with technical foreign partners and academe. Jade is an Agricultural Engineer by profession.

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Gerhard Fischer has over 35 years of professional experience in the development of hydropower. He is specialized in technology transfer, concentrating on turbine design and manufacturing and has working experience in 27 countries. He worked 6 years as a researcher on the University Stuttgart in the hydraulic laboratory of the Institute for Hydraulic Machines and Fluid Dynamics. During this time he was in charge of construction and installing the hydraulic laboratory and research on simple turbine designs. Then he worked 5 years in Switzerland as project engineer for hydropower projects and trainings in a small engineering company (Chapallaz Engineering). From 1995 - 1997, he was an engineer with SKAT (Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management), St.Gallen, Switzerland. From 1997-2013, he worked for entec AG Switzerland on several assignments covering all aspects of hydro power development in Switzerland, South America, Africa and Asia. From 2005-2013 until March 2013 he was director of PT entec Indonesia, a consulting and engineering company active in the hydro power sector in Bandung, Indonesia. In 2011 he helped to establish the ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM), a hands-on training center for small-scale hydropower, located in Bandung, Indonesia. He has a diploma in mechanical engineering from the University Stuttgart and post graduate study in energy management in developing countries (TU Berlin). Gerhard lives in Bandung, Indonesia, tending his backyard biodiversity forest.


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Molly Hurley-Depret has led communications and policy advocacy about sustainability since 2009 in Europe and globally. She is a consultant who works with WISIONS and other sustainability-focused clients. She has been at the forefront of developing innovative methods to impact policy. One of her main achievements was being invited by the European Parliament's Development Committee to speak to MEPs about energy and development and positively impacting their amendments. She developed her first energy-focused webinar series in 2016 and has been hosting them for clients ever since. She's proud to support HPNET's and WISIONS' amazing and impactful efforts. She will soon complete her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology.

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Lanz Gabriel Jabla is the Knowledge Platform Coordinator of the Hydro Empowerment Network and the Technical Support Officer at Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group, based in Mindanao, Philippines. Lanz has a BS degree in petroleum engineering and has completed certified training in community resource training, GIS/GPS, and technical writing. Upon completing his degree, he completed an internship at the Shell Foundation, focusing on business operations and social impact investment projects, including energy access. Having realized the consequences of fossil fuel extraction while with the Shell Foundation, he became inspired to work on renewable energy solutions, including volunteering with Yamog.


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The Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) is a knowledge exchange and advocacy platform for micro/mini hydro practitioners in south and southeast Asia, focusing on policy, technology, and socio-environment solutions for long-term sustainability. Core support for HPNET comes from the WISIONS initiative at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

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WISIONS of Sustainability initiative's main objective is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration.

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Energypedia UG is a non-profit organization that runs and maintains the wiki-based platform, is an online platform for collaborative knowledge exchange on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access in the context of development cooperation.