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Title: Energy resources and the role of mini and micro hydro power in northern India
Author: Doig, Alison
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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This thesis contends that development of mini and micro hydro power (MHP) resources can be both effective and beneficial for the development of Northern India. Fuelwood is the main energy source used in rural areas of the Indian Himalayan region. However, the increasing demand for forestry resources has resulted in the decline of the forest cover and caused environmental degradation of the region. In addition, as the rural system is brought into the wider market economy there is need to diversity economic activities in the region, which will further increase demand for energy. A substitute energy source is required to meet the increasing rural requirements. Commercial energy supplies to the remote hill areas have been inadequate and unreliable, therefore there has been growing interest in utilising decentralised renewable energy sources, of which MHP is one of the most mature and flexible. Much of the data for this study was collected during a year long study trip to India, based at the University of Roorkee in the north of Uttar Pradesh. In this thesis the development of MHP is considered in the wider context of Himalayan rural development planning and the overall energy sector in India. The experience of implementing MHP as a decentralised power source in India is also compared to the achievements in other Asian countries. An assessment has been made of the present infrastructure for MHP development and field research is reported and analysed from MHP projects in the hill region of Uttar Pradesh. The main aims of the study were to investigate the need for and the viability of MHP in the North of India.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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