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Global Small Hydropower Market (2021 to 2026) - by Type, Capacity, Application and Geography -

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The "Small Hydropower Market - Forecasts from 2021 to 2026" report has been added to's offering.

The global small hydropower market was evaluated at US$2.825 billion for the year 2019 growing at a CAGR of 3.12% reaching the market size of US$3.503 billion by the year 2026.

Small hydropower is the development of hydroelectric power on a smaller scale to serve a local community, a small business, or an industry. The plant usually produces a lesser amount of electricity with 15-20 MW being the upper limit. These plants are usually installed in existing water supply networks or small streams. The demand for small hydropower plants has also increased because they have a negligible environmental impact. Moreover, the rapid depletion of fossil fuels across the world has been a tailwind to the demand for renewable sources of energy.

The market for small hydropower plants is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to the rising demand for electricity and increasingly stringent government regulations and initiatives to promote the use of renewable resources across several countries. The rising environmental concern across the world has paved the path for the growth of the renewable energy sector over the years. Furthermore, the concerns due to the rising GHG emissions have increased the need for green sources of energy. The demand for these resources has increased exponentially in recent years with the implementation of a significant number of projects globally.

The rise in the demand for energy for various applications is due to the increasing global population with the need to shift towards renewable sources of energy. The small hydropower plants are appropriate for produce supportable as well as an inexpensive source of energy in emerging and rural areas owing to their lesser investment costs, better efficiency, versatility, and also due to their renewable nature. Furthermore, government initiatives with monetary concessions have promoted the use of renewable sources of energy. Moreover, the increasing demand for renewable sources of energy has increased the generation significantly over the years. For instance, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydropower generation has increased substantially from 3902 TWh in 2015 to 4333 TWh in 2019. Additionally, according to the report, hydropower is the world's largest source of renewable electricity generation with a global installed hydropower capacity of 1307 GW in 2019.

The advent of COVID-19 hurt the small hydropower market since the pandemic brought the activities in several end-use industries to a standstill globally which restricted the project construction, exploration and production, gas transportation, and storage activities. After the initial lockdown period, some of the activities were allowed but with restrictions and certain protocols that were required to be followed like the refinery will be operated with a lesser capacity which will require less labor to come in contact, and social distancing was required to be maintained in the premises as well. A significant shift was noticed in several industries using hydropower for various applications. The investments witnessed a downturn during the period as well which restricted the ongoing projects and activities. With the industries recovering after the pandemic gradually, the renewable energy industry is expected to operate in full capacity starting from the third and fourth quarters of 2021. This will further help in the recovery of the small hydropower market.

Companies Mentioned

  • Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA




  • Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG

  • BHEL

  • Gilkes Hydro

  • Natel Energy, Inc.

  • FLOVEL Energy Private Limited

  • SNC-Lavalin Group

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

2. Research Methodology

3. Executive Summary

4. Market Dynamics

4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5. Small Hydropower Market Analysis, by Type

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Mini Hydropower

5.3. Micro Hydropower

6. Small Hydropower Market Analysis, by Capacity

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Up to 1 MW

6.3. 1-10 MW

7. Small Hydropower Market Analysis, by Application

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Civil Construction

7.3. Power infrastructure

7.4. Others

8. Small Hydropower Market Analysis, by Geography

8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.3. South America

8.4. Europe

8.5. Middle East and Africa

8.6. Asia Pacific

9. Competitive Environment and Analysis

9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

10. Company Profiles

10.1. Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA




10.5. Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG

10.6. BHEL

10.7. Gilkes Hydro

10.8. Natel Energy, Inc.

10.9. FLOVEL Energy Private Limited

10.10. SNC-Lavalin Group

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