Authors: I Loots, M van Dijk, B Bartac, S J van Vuuren & J N Bhagwan

Keyword: renewable energy, sustainable electricity, sustainable energy, South Africa


Agenda 2063: A2

This paper provides a review of available low head hydropower technologies, followed by the identification of sites where the technologies can be implemented, applied specifically to a South African context. The potential sites where low head hydropower can be installed in South Africa are grouped as follows: dams and barrages (retrofitting); rivers; irrigation systems (canals and conduits); and urban areas (industrial and urban discharge, storm water systems and water distribution systems). Keywords: low head hydropower, review, hydropower potential