MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 138, 2017The 6th International Conference of Euro Asia Civil Engineering Forum (EACEF 2017)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||6-Hydraulics, Hydrology and Water Engineering|
|Published online||30 December 2017|
Assessment of hydropower potential in small karst catchments: the case of the Rocche Plateau, Central Italy
1 University of L’Aquila - Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, L’Aquila, Italy
2 Politecnico di Milano - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Milano, Italy
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Estimation of flow duration characteristics is key in assessing hydropower potential in natural catchments. However, such analysis is not usually straightforward, especially in ungauged sites and/or in complex catchment areas. In this study we evaluate the feasibility of revamping of a small hydroelectric power plant, located in a karst plateau in central Italy, by assessing the hydropower potential of its feeding surface and subsurface stream network. A thorough analysis of runoff processes occurring in the examined area is carried out in order to corroborate regionalization studies based on measured specific flows in neighboring homogeneous basins. The results show an appreciable availability of water resources to be exploited for hydropower purposes.
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