Promotion of Small Hydro Power Retrofitting and Implementation in the Caucasus and Carpathian Regionts

Duration: 2005 – 2006 ● Client: European Commission (FP6) ● WIP Role: Coordination, Market uptake, Policy development ●

The exploitation of the vast small-hydro potential in Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan offers enormous socio-economic and environmental benefits. Consequently, small hydropower generation has a long tradition in these countries. Due to neglect in favour of a more centralised energy supply during the Soviet period, one third of existing small-hydro plants are now out of operation.

SHYCA aims to revive the existing know-how and infrastructure for small-hydro energy generation in NIS (Newly Independent States).

The Caucasus and Carpathian region are ideal starting locations, with a high potential for small-hydro and severe electricity shortages. The revival of the small-hydro sector has already begun and urgently requires external support.

SHYCA implemented the following tasks:

  • Complete technical and socio-economic assessment of small-hydro retrofitting and construction using extensive, existing, but dispersed data.
  • Cost effective plans for retrofitting and new plant construction.
  • Comprehensive analysis of socio-economic and political framework conditions.
  • Extensive stakeholder analysis with emphasis on experienced Newly Independent States (NIS) manufacturers and key European actors.

A report on Small-Hydro Power Action including relevant technical and socio-economic data and 3 feasibility studies was compiled, and used as a tool to involve EU actors in small-hydro actions in the region, and to support political and economic decision-makers.

The broad dissemination and exploitation of project results throughout NIS was ensured through a campaign in Russian language. Through this carefully planned action, the Caucasus and Carpathian regions serve as a platform to re-launch the small-hydro sector in the entire NIS region.

SHYCA was co-financed by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Programme - Specific Measures in Support of International Cooperation (INCO).

Let’s Connect

- Join us in Shaping the Future of Renewable Energy. -

WIP Renewable Energies

phone +49 89 720 12 735 • email



WIP Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co Planungs-KG · WIP Renewable Energies
Sylvensteinstr. 2, 81369 München, Deutschland · Registergericht München HRA 46696
Haftende Gesellschaft Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH · Registergericht München HRB 7828
Geschäftsführer Veranstaltungen & Wissenstransfer: Jonas Bergmiller, Geschäftsführer Geschäftsentwicklung & Strategie: Jannis Haack
Geschäftsführer Projekte & Consulting: Dr. Rainer Janssen, Geschäftsführer: Dipl.-Ing., MBA INSEAD Hans Hammer

We ask you to agree to the use of cookies and analysis tools to anonymously evaluate the use of our website so that we can make your visit to our website as comfortable as possible and further improve our services

For more info, please see our Privacy Policy.

Edit settings

You can disable the following optional tracking tools:

necessary (session) cookies for the operation of the website
Matomo web analytics service