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U.S. Department of Energy’s Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database provides up-to-date information on marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy, both in the U.S. and around the world. Marine and Hydrokinectic Technology, Company, Project Listings.  ***
Do it Yourself: is a renewable energy project kit that can be downloaded and printed from the web. Small-Scale Hydroelectric Generator.
WildWaterPower. Do-it-Yourself Hydro-power projects. Pressure Wheel design and spiral pump water wheel designs. ***
Pico Hydro is water power up to 5 kW. This web site includes information on ways to design, manufacture and install the various parts of pico hydro projects. It includes documents that you can download to assist in the process.
Build it Solar. Small Scale Hydro. Some good references for planning, designing, and building a micro-hydro system.
Micro-Hydro: Up to 100 kw
U.S. Dept of Energy. Information on: How a Microhydropower System Works, Evaluating a Potential Microhydropower Site, Microhydropower System Components.
Microhydro webring allows users to navigate easily between web sites that deal with microhydro power related issues. By following the links through the webring you'll find information from around the world about all different aspects of microhydro, case studies, microhydro plant owners, equipment manufacturers, consultants, etcetera.
Micro-Hydro Books:   see Books page...
RenewableEnergyWorld. Hydro Power News.
International Network on Small Hydropower. Global SHP News.
HCI Publications- a leading provider of hydro information resources. brings the industry's most current, comprehensive, and relevant news directly to your desktop.
International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine. Information on the hydro power and dams industry.
International Journal on Hydropower & Dams is a bi-monthly publication, read in 176 countries, dealing with all technical, environmental, social and economic aspects of hydro plants and multipurpose water resource development projects.
Organizations International:
International Energy Agency's Hydropower Implementing Agreement is a working group of IEA member countries that have a common interest in advancing hydropower worldwide.
European Small Hydropower Association is a nonprofit association that promotes small hydropower plants with an emphasis on environmental integration. ***
International Small Hydro Atlas- database facilitates the development of new small hydro projects of more than 50 kW and less than 10MW installed capacity. We provide data for potential and developed sites, GIS searching capabilities, country profiles, international contacts for small hydro, and more.
International Centre for Hydropower, Norway.
Hydro Research Foundation, Inc.  a non-profit. The foundation has two principal objectives: to facilitate research and to promote educational opportunities that communicate the value of hydropower.
International Association of Hydrological Sciences, a nongovernmental scientific association, deals with all components of the hydrological cycle and related processes through its nine Scientific Commissions which comprise: Surface Water, Groundwater, Continental Erosion, Snow and Ice, Water Quality, Water Resources Systems, Remote Sensing, Atmosphere–Soil–Vegetation Relations, and Tracers. The Association has over 75 National Committees and over 3400 individual members. Membership is free.
International Center on Small Hydro Power, China.   Co-sponsored by United Nations Organizations (UNDP and UNIDO) and the Chinese government.
Canadian Hydropower Association- national trade association dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry.
Organizations- United States:
US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency Network, Hydropower Information Page. Basic Intro.
National Hydropower Association is a member-driven nonprofit national association dedicated exclusively to advancing the interests of the hydropower industry.  NHA represents 61percent of domestic, non-federal hydroelectric capacity and nearly 80,000 megawatts overall in North America. Its membership consists of more than 140 organizations including public utilities, investor owned utilities, independent power producers, equipment manufacturers, environmental and engineering consultants and attorneys.
Federal Regulatory Energy Commission's responsibilities include licenses and inspection of private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects. Oversight of all ongoing project operations, including dam safety inspections and environmental monitoring.
Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops, and protects water and related resources for the United States government. Information on Hydropower and Power Facilities that are part of the Bureau's activities.
Hydro Research Foundation, Inc. is committed to providing balanced information regarding the use of water as a renewable energy resource in the Northwest.
DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Information Bridge. Lists 2200+ DOE publications on Hydropower.
International Hydropower Association's list of short Reports.
"The possible role and contribution of hydropower to the mitigation of climate change" IPCC Scoping Meeting on Renewable Energy Sources. Scroll down to pg 81. International Hydropower Association. PDF.
European Small Hydropower Association. Publications include=  Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydropower Plant, Brochure on Environmental Integration of Small Hydropower Plants, Small Hydropower Checklist, Brochure on SHP for developing countries, State of the Art of SHP in EU-25, Small hydropower engineering: a wide area of innovations for green power generation.
European Small Hydropower Association.  Good list of Articles on small hydro.
Power Technologies Energy Data Book of the US Dept of Energy National Renewable Energy Lab.
Idaho national Laboratory Virtual Hydropower Prospector displays the locations of U.S. natural stream water energy resources and their gross power potential as determined by an analytical process. It also shows you the locations of feasible potential hydropower projects which have been determined using a set of feasibility criteria.
U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Hydropower Program conducts research and development (R&D) that will improve the technical, societal, and environmental benefits of hydropower and provide cost-competitive technologies that enable the development of new and incremental hydropower capacity, adding diversity to the nation's energy supply. Lead Lab is the Idaho national Laboratory.
US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency Network, Hydropower Resources, Research and Development.
Water Wheels:
Waterwheel Factory shares it's knowledge about waterwheels and shares lots of waterwheel photos. Water wheels in history, waterwheel reference calculations, gristmill waterwheel restoration and waterwheels for energy.
WildWaterPower. Do-it-Yourself Hydro-power projects. Pressure Wheel design and spiral pump water wheel designs. ***
Hydro Electric power including tidal and wave

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International Energy Agency.



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