A new briefing by UK-based International Hydropower Association (IHA) has estimated that 31.5GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned last year.
Titled ‘2017 Key Trends in Hydropower’, the briefing also notes 6.4GW of new pumped storage capacity was installed in 2016, which is almost double the amount commissioned in 2015. By the end of last year, the total hydropower capacity installed worldwide reached 1,246GW, which included 150GW of pumped storage.
In addition, Brazil made significant advances in the hydropower sector by installing 6.4GW of hydropower projects, which included the 3.75GW Jirau project.
IHA's chief executive Richard Taylor said: “The latest data shows that the hydropower sector is continuing to grow steadily across the world, and we are seeing a renaissance in pumped storage development.
“This is indicative of hydropower’s increasingly important role in providing flexible support to renewable energy systems, as countries around the world take steps to meet the carbon reduction goals set out in the Paris Agreement.”
'2017 Key Trends in Hydropower' also highlights the most significant current trends that affect hydropower generation worldwide, alongside the progress in reporting on hydropower’s carbon footprint.
The 2017 Hydropower Status Report, will be launched at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress, taking place from 9 May to 11 May this year. The event will feature more in-depth analysis of key topics and regional activity.
Image: Latest IHA briefing shows continuous rise in hydropower sector worldwide. Photo: courtesy of IHA.