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Small Hydro Project Analysis

COURSE NO: R03-006
Small Hydro Project Analysis
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents detailed calculation methods used for small hydro project modelling in detail. Generic formulae enable the calculation of turbine efficiency for a variety of turbines. These efficiencies, together with the flow-duration curve and the load-duration curve, enable the calculation of renewable energy delivered by a proposed small hydro power plant. The accuracy of the model, with respect to both energy production and cost estimation, is excellent for pre-feasibility stage studies for small hydro projects.


Hydroelectricity is a widely used form of alternative energy, providing more than 19% of the world’s electric power consumption from both large and small hydro power plants. Brazil, the United States, Canada and Norway generate large quantities of electric power from very large hydroelectric facilities. On the other hand, there are numerous regions of the world that have a huge number of small hydro power plants in service. There is no common definition of the term “small hydro power plant” which, depending on local interpretations can range from a few kilowatts to 50 megawatts or more of electric power output.


This 3 PDH online course is suitable for engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of setting small hydro project. The details presented cover issues related to technical and financial implementation and exploitation of small hydro power systems. Upon successful completion engineers will be able to address small hydro power terms, methods of operation and how to set up detailed technical and financial feasibility model.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the basic theory and small hydro power project background
  • Learning about the various small hydro power plants
  • Knowing the details of mechanical and electrical equipment in a small hydro power plant
  • Learning about the types of small hydro power plant developments
  • Learning about small hydro project modelling
  • Determining energy production from small hydro power plant
  • Learning how to develop project costing
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Small Hydro Project Analysis” which is based on Clean Energy Project Analysis RETScreen® Engineering & Cases Textbook, Third Edition, © Minister of Natural Resources Canada 2001-2005, September 2005.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Small Hydro Project Analysis (323 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you may print your Certificate of Completion after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email you your Certificate of Completion. Also, you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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