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Exhibition cum International Workshop on Micro Hydro Projects

Nepal urged to lend knowhow in Micro Hydro to the Region and beyond

The Exhibition cum International Workshop on Micro Hydro Projects organized by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre/Regional Excellence of Micro Hydro in collaboration with Nepal Micro hydropower Development Association concluded on 16 November, 2014. On the occasion participants from abroad expressed that Nepal can be the best destination for them to learn on various aspects of Micro Hydro including technology, policies, implementation methodologies and community mobilization etc. Sr. Engineer at AEPC and Community Electricity Sub-Component Manager Mr. Jagadish Kumar Khoju, Environment and Energy Specialist at USAID Nepal Mr. Shankar Khagi, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Maskey, President of Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association Mr. Surendra Bhakta Mathema, Manager of Regional Centre of Excellence in Micro Hydro Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sharma highlighted the aims and achievements of the international event. They also underlined need of Nepal’s expertise to share with other countries.

The six day programme was kicked off with inauguration on 11 November, 2014. National Planning Commission Member Dr. Bharatendu Mishra inaugurated the international event amidst a function at the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology auditorium on 11 November, 2014. Vice Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science & Technology Prof. Dr. Jib Raj Pokhrel, Executive Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Mr. Ram Prasad Dhital, Environment and Energy Specialist at USAID Nepal Mr. Shankar Khagi, Energy specialist Mr. Bikas Pandey, President of Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association Mr. Surendra Bhakta Mathema,Manager of Regional Centre of Excellence in Micro Hydro Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sharma and General Secretary of Nepal Micro Hydropower Development Association Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota spoke on the importance of micro hydro in Nepal and its role in uplifting the living standard of the people living in the remote hills and mountains.

rcemhA one day exhibition at the NAST Ground following to the inauguration was set to showcase Nepal’s products for micro hydropower development. Various turbines, other equipments and parts made in Nepal featured the exhibition. The stages of development of technologies in use of water energy including traditional water mills to present day Micro Hydro systems and all related components were in display in the exhibition. Invitees, participants and visitors received information on Nepal’s status and experience on Micro Hydro through the exhibition.

A number of Nepal’s prominent experts in civil aspects, electro-mechanical aspects, policy experts, development methodologists and professionals who even had worked abroad as experts shared their knowledge and know-how on Nepal’ success in micro hydro development to the participants representing Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cameroon, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan. Some institutional representative as participants from Nepal also joined the international event. For practical knowledge at the site the participants visited a 26 kilowatt Micro Hydropower Plant at Malekhu in Dhading district.

The main objective of the event was to share the technologies and experience achieved and to demonstrate Nepal’s micro hydro development modalities. Furthermore, the workshop program aimed to highlight RCEMH’s service offerings to the regional and international levels. Exposure to the latest developments in micro hydropower in Nepal, highlight the role of micro hydropower in poverty remediation and rural electrification in Nepal, discuss on the markets for micro hydropower, how can it be established and how can it lead to investments and associated economic activities in rural areas, Know-how to promote development of the micro hydropower sector, on-site knowledge sharing, personal, one to one interaction with Micro Hydro experts, design consultants, manufacturers, installers, community representatives, trainers involved in the field of micro hydropower were the specific objectives o

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