About The Course

This 5 day interactive training course will provide a thorough understanding of small and mini hydro systems in operation around the world including the technologies in use, the motivating factors driving their development and how they can be evaluated, financed and built. This course will provide a sound grounding in Hydro power project development that will help tackle similar projects your organization may be currently considering or that you may have to deal with in the future.


Additionally, you will gain a wide-ranging appreciation of the various elements that make up effective small hydro power project development from identification of their viability potential to the range of hydro technologies available or soon to be on the market, how to ensure buy-in from stakeholders, supporting the projects through to construction and operating and maintenance.

Learning Outcomes

This course has been designed to give engineers and other professionals a sound grounding and understanding of small hydro project development:


  • Understand the market for hydro power, current hydro project types and best suited corresponding technologies
  • Gain knowledge of the holistic process to evaluate the viability of small and emerging hydro projects in the context of Asia and the developing world
  • Find out how to evaluate the initial and operating costs using models and industry data on hydro projects
  • Assess the potential environmental, technical and regulatory risks of hydro projects
  • How to increase the power capacity and improve the economic return of small hydro projects thanks to floating solar on hydro dams
  • Learn how small hydro projects can be financed and what can increase the business case for it

Who Should Attend

This course has been designed for the following delegates:


  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Other professionals working in organisations interested in evaluating and developing hydro projects

Expert Course Faculty

Our key expert has been involved in the renewable energy and Hydro Industries for over three decades. He was president of the non-profit association Solar Service International in the 1980s, became president of The Green Power Network in 2001, and then since 2002 has been the CEO of GPEKS Constructions in 2002 (GPEKS is an acronym for Green Power Environment Knowledge Systems). He has initiated and managed dozens of renewable energy feasibility studies since the creation of GPEKS, and has been very active on projects in developing countries.  For over a decade, our key expert has delivered yearly Hydro courses, both online and through workshops, especially in North America and Asia.


Our key expert is the original author of curriculum for a series of hydro courses that have been delivered in partnership with various professional organizations and associations such as IEEE, US Association of Energy Engineers, Leonardo Energy Academy, Willis College in Ottawa (Canada), at industry conferences, for government sponsored workshops, and for powerEdge. He has also successfully run himself this hydro course for powerEdge in Asia.


Our key expert has also worked extensively with renewable industry Association in France and Canada on various outreach and technical education projects. He was commissioned by Canadian Association to co-develop a national certification curriculum for professionals, and developed the first set of exams for that certification.  He has provided consulting and training services to over 11,000 government staff and professionals, mostly in small workshops of a week or less.


Our key expert has a multi-disciplinary university background in Business (MBA level – University of Limoges, France), Technology (Energy & Solar Technologies – University of Perpignan, France), International Trade (University of Nice – Institute for Export) and Public Policies (Certificate of the European Institute for High International Studies based in Brussels, Belgium), Information Technology (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and trainer), Project Management (Learning Tree International – Certified Project Management Professional and Certified IT Management Professional; on the last stretch of the Masters in Project Management at University of Quebec). He is also a Comptia certified Technical Trainer, ColdFusion certified technical trainer, Productivity Point International Certified Trainer, a top leading expert RETScreen International Certified Trainer Clean Energy Institute Professional Certification in Project Analysis for 10 technological areas (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geothermal, Bio-energy, CHP).


Learn to evaluate the viability of a small hydro project

How to develop a project plan

Acquire skills for applying a hydro project feasibility framework

Learn how to use economic analysis models and tools such as RETScreen

Learn methods to increase economic viability of hydro project

Understand how to evaluate, quantify and mitigate hydro project risks

Anticipate project development phases and mechanisms

Strategies for financing small hydro projects

Learn about promising new technologies

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. 
Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan