Run-of-River Hydropower Potential of Kunhar River, Pakistan

Khan, M., A. Z. Zaidi


Energy crisis has emerged as a serious issue all over the world in recent years. Pakistan is facing a similar crisis that has resulted in frequent power failures and load shedding throughout the country for past several years. The utilization of renewable energy resources may help reducing fossil fuel dependency of the country for power generation. There are various renewable energy options for Pakistan including solar, wind and hydropower. The objective of this study is to develop an approach that can be used to assess the run-of-river hydropower potential of Kunhar River using geospatial data and techniques. Kunhar River is a tributary of Jhelum River located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Satellite data used in this study include ASTER Digital Elevation Model (DEM). Flow data are acquired from regional hydrologic gauges. Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools are used for processing the satellite images, delineation of watershed and stream network, and identification of potential sites for hydropower projects. antalya escort kizlar This study will aid decision-makers in the energy sector to optimize the available resources in selecting the suitable sites for small hydropower plants with high power potential. The proposed approach can further be utilized to assess an overall hydropower potential of the country.

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