Micro Hydropower in Netap: A journey from standalone micro-hydro to distributed generation

Jiwan Kumar Mallik, Binod Prasad Koirala, Surendra Mathema

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Abstract

Nepal is known in the world for having successful community-led stand alone micro hydro plants
(MHP) that have transformed rural economy. Unfortunately, as soon as the national grid reaches a micro
hydro catchment area, things start falling apart. For various reasons, the community people eventually
start using grid electricity and stop the operation of MHP. Thus, the Government of Nepal has
come-up with the policy for grid interconnection of MHPs having capacity less than 100kW. This opportunity
of transforming a standalone system to grid connected system (distributed generation)
owes several advantages for both the utility grid and the micro hydro plants. The technological difference
between grid interconnection of MHP and other hydropower projects shall be discussed in
detail from the Nepalese context. A MATLAB simulation analysis is presented to demonstrate the
technical viability of the interconnection in the 11kV feeder line. Moreover, financial and economic analysis
of the grid interconnected systems is discussed. This paper also focused on how droop features
of Electronic Load Controller (ELC) shall manage the proportional load sharing among the MHP plants.
Key Words — Micro Hydro Plant, Distributed Generation, Electronic Load Controller, Droop Characteristics
Original languageEnglish
Pages24-24
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventInternational conference on New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage - Energy Academy Building, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational conference on New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage
CountryNetherlands
CityGroningen
Period6/06/197/06/19

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    Mallik, J. K., Koirala, B. P., & Mathema, S. (2019). Micro Hydropower in Netap: A journey from standalone micro-hydro to distributed generation. 24-24. Abstract from International conference on New Pathways for Community Energy and Storage, Groningen, Netherlands.