Hydrobot from babyHydro can assess yoursmall hydro power potential

Introduction to Hydrobot®
Hydrobot® is a GIS-based model designed to analyse regions or whole countries and identify sites suitable for a profitable hydroelectric scheme.  Hydrobot will:

  • Identify river stretches with appropriate gradient, showing optimum locations for intake(s) and powerhouses
  • Determine available power
  • Estimate construction costs
  • Calculate the total financial benefits from electricity generation and export from Feed-in Tariff etc.  

Hydrobot® grew out of Nick Forrest’s Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy at the University of Edinburgh in 2007/8 and has been continually improved and its scope enhanced.  It is invaluable in the initial appraisal of a scheme's feasibility and often allows the expense of upfront site visits to be avoided, by undertaking desktop studies.  

Use of Hydrobot®
Hydrobot® can be used to identify hydropower potential through our DISCOVERY (click here) service.  We also use it to assess the hydro potential of complete estates or regions.

Scottish Government Survey of Hydropower Potential
Hydrobot® was first employed on a project led by The Forum for Renewable Energy in Scotland (FREDS) on behalf of the Scottish Government.  It was used to identify some 1,000 stretches of river capable of producing in excess of 650 Megawatts and this led to a report on "The Employment Potential of Scotland's Hydro Resource"

See press release here