Ultra Low Head Micro - Hydro Project (UNIDO)


First pilot intallation, IRI Bahadrabad, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

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Increasing access to renewable energy for productive uses in rural India

This Ultra Low Head Micro Hydro Project (ULH-MHP) will demonstrate, deploy and transfer an innovative system for the first time in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, a state that has about 8,200 km of manmade water canals and 400 small falls that are ideal for the demonstration of this turbine system.

The key areas of interventions in the first phase of the pilot project are:

  • Installation of the ultra-low head technology to demonstrate mini-grid systems for productive uses,
  • Capacity building and institutionalization in ULH-MHP sector to develop a hub,
  • Identification of business opportunities for replication and localization through technology transfer, and
  • Awareness-raising and working on market/investment opportunities to mainstream this new technology as a new sector.

The pilot installation will result in developing replicable business models from the demonstration of ULH-MHP mini-grid system in the state of Uttarakhand. Being an innovative solution to generate electricity at ultra-low head (below 3.0 m) with a discharge of 0.8-3.0 m3/s, the establishment of a favorable environment for the local technology deployment is envisaged.

In this project the UNIDO is collaborating with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, of the Government of India and the State Government of Uttarakhand to identify potential pilot project sites with strong interest and commitment to join this collaborative initiative. The financial support for this project is provided by the Government of Japan and UNIDO, with in-kind contributions by the Indian Government.  

Contact HQ Mark Draeck, Industrial Development Officer, Renewable and Rural Energy Unit

Energy and Climate Change Branch UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), P.O. Box 300, A-1400, Vienna, Austria E-mail: m.draeck@unido.org


Field Office: Kashinath Vajpai, Project Execution Unit, C/o UREDA, Energy Park Campus, Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Uttarakhand, India 248 001 E-mail:  k.vajpai@unido.org

Nodal Agency Representative:Mr. A. K. Tyagi, CPO, UREDA, Energy Park Campus, Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Uttarakhand, India 248 001