ESTIMATING HYDROPOWER POTENTIAL OF SMALL RIVERS OF REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA USING GIS

T. CastraveŢ1, L. CăpăţÓnă2, A. Avanzi3, E. Frank4, V. Dilan5, I. Bejan6

1 Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
2 State University of Tiraspol, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
3 BETA Studio SRL, Padova, Italia
4 BETA Studio SRL, Padova, Italia
5 State University of Tiraspol, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
6 Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova


Abstract: - Estimating hydropower potential of small rivers of Republic of Moldova using GIS, The increasing demand for energy, especially from renewable and sustainable sources, spurs the development of small hydropower plants and encourages investment in new survey studies (Larentis et al., 2010). Preliminary hydropower survey studies usually carry huge uncertainties about the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the undeveloped potential. This paper presents a methodology for hydropower potential sites assessment. The sequence of procedures to identify hydropower sites is based on remote sensing data and streamflow and rainfall data and was automated within GIS environment.

Key words: Hydropower Potential, Small Hydropower Plants, GIS, Republic of Moldova

 

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