Increasing the Capacity Technology is advanced. UK based expertise. Plenty of opportunity for small hydro. Large hydro limited by: – Physical sites. – Economic sites. – Environmental implications.
Potential Capacity Most estimates predict about twice the current capacity. Large hydro: up to 1GW resource in Scotland. 10% increase in current large hydro from upgrades. Small hydro: 40- 110 MW economically attractive. Further 300- 550 MW after this.
Projected Trends- Small Hydro.
Projected Trends- Large Hydro.
Another Possibility? No shortage of hydro resources world wide. Build hydro power abroad- import energy/put profits into other renewables.