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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 635396, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/635396
Research Article

A Comprehensive Study of Micro-Hydropower Plant and Its Potential in Bangladesh

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Islamic University of Technology, BoardBazar, Gazipur 1704, Bangladesh

Received 23 October 2011; Accepted 14 November 2011

Academic Editors: B. Ma and B. Mwinyiwiwa

Copyright © 2012 Jahidul Islam Razan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Depletion of fossil fuel and the inability to meet the rising demand of electricity are some drawbacks for the economic development of Bangladesh. Carbon emission done by developed world is also troubling the country. This paper focuses on the potential of micro-hydropower plant in Bangladesh due to its numerous rivers and canals providing off-grid power to the remote areas and also to the areas that are still outside the main grid network. This paper reflects on the current energy scenario in Bangladesh, the need to explore green energy thus proving how the establishment of widespread micro-hydropower plant can help overcome the current power crisis and play a role in the economic progress of the country. The existing potential sites are mentioned and the means to identify new sites are outlined by performing hydrology studies, topographic studies, head calculations, turbine selection, and so forth.