2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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The Contribution of Small Hydro Power Plants to Sustainable Development in Uganda

O. Mpuro
Save Our Planet Earth (SOPE)- Uganda, UG

Keywords:
small hydro power plants, sustainable development, Uganda

Abstract:
Uganda’s per capita energy consumption of 12.72 GJ is among the lowest in the world. Few people have access to electricity. Wood fuel is the dominant energy source in accounting for 80% of the total energy consumed in the country, followed by petroleum (5%), and electricity which is largely hydro is the least consumed energy source (1%). Both dominant energy sources are dangerous to biodiversity (deforestation), human health as diesel fumes are associated with heart related problems, climate change and are inefficient. The government is facing a lot of pressure from the investors to increase hydropower supply, reduce power tariffs and taxes on fuel for their businesses are to stay sustainable. To offset this burden, the energy policy calls for private sector involvement in increasing power generation from renewable and non-renewable sources. Fortunately, Uganda is well endowed with water resources which could be harnessed for power generation to serve different parts of the country. We are in search of funders for our proposed project that will generate hydroelectric power from a run-of-river type of minihydro in western Uganda whose design capacity is 2Mw.


Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract