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What is the hydroelectric potential of Swiss waters? (SFOE)

The geodata product ‘Potential of small hydropower plants in Switzerland' is the result of a GIS-based analysis carried out in 2012 as part of the research project 102835 ‘Survey of Switzerland's small hy-dropower plant potential'. This calculated the theoretical hydroelectric potential of all natural water-courses in Switzerland.

26.08.2021 | www.geo.admin.ch

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Electricity production in small-scale hydropower plants is attractive from both an economical and an ecological point of view, and an expansion of output is perfectly feasible, as long as ecological aspects are duly taken into account. Technological innovations and measures to lessen environmental impacts make small-scale hydropower plants inexpensive energy sources that provide renewable energy on an independent basis and help protect the environment.

As only part of the theoretical potential can actually be used for electricity generation when technical, ecological, economic and legal aspects are taken into account, it is im-portant to interpret the statements on theoretical potential correctly. Both the geodata model documentation and the research project final report should be consulted.

Further information on the topic of potential of small hydropower plants in Switzerland: Website SFOE

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