Past Achievements & Completed Activities
The IEA Hydropower Implementing Agreement is now in its 5th Phase (2015- 2020. Since its inception it has focused on meaningful activities to facilitate worldwide recognition of hydropower as a well-established and socially desirable energy technology, and to advance the development of new hydropower and the modernisation of existing hydropower.
It has done this through a range of research initiatives. Click on the links below to view details of these.
PHASE 1 - 1995-2000
The four original Annexes set up during the Hydropower Agreement's first phase, produced 19 technical reports and data bases, most of which are intended for use by professionals in their respective fields. Three of the Annexes completed their tasks during Phase I. One Annex, Small Scale Hydropower, continued to facilitate the development of new small hydro projects through its international web-based database.
Completed Phase 1
- Annex I - Upgrading of Hydropower Installations
- Annex III - Environmental and Social Impacts of Hydropower
- Annex V - Education and Training in Hydropower
PHASE 2 - 2000-2005
In Phase 2, three new Annexes were formed. The focus on education and training continued in Annex VII, which demonstrated the potentials and strengths of a learning management system in web-based training and exchange of information. A Public Awareness task force, Annex VI, set up the first ieahydro.org website to promote the work of the Implementing Agreement, and to offer resources for hydro professionals and non-professionals. It also produced two major documents on Hydropower Development. Another team, Annex VIII, led by Japan, developed an extensive database of hydropower success stories, in design, operation and mitigation. Annex VIII completed its work early in Phase 3, in 2006.
Completed Phase 2
- Public Awareness - Annex VI
- Education & Training: Hydropower Competence Network - Annex VII
PHASE 3 - 2005-2010
In Phase 3 the group built on its past achievements. A new Annex XII was scoped to research issues of GHG emissions from freshwater reservoirs. A second task updated the Recommendations of Annex II in Phase . Annex X was a joint initiative with the IEA Wind Impleemnting Agreement and covered issues associated with the successful integration of wind energy into hydropower systems.
Completed Phase 3
- Small Scale Hydropower - Annex II
- Hydropower and the Environment - Annex XII - Task 1
- Wind/Hydro Integration - Annex X
PHASE 4 - 2010-2015
In Phase 4 IEA Hydro initiated three new Annexes. Annex IX was established to address the issue of the valuation of hydropower services, both energy and non-energy services, Annex XI to cover best practices in upgrading and renewal of hydroplants and Annex XIII to produce a roadmap covering issues relarted to fish and hydropower. Annex XI was completed. Follow the links for more information about these and other ongoing Annexes.
New Phase 4
- Hydropower Services - Annex IX
- Upgrading and Renewal of Hydroplants - Annex XI
- Hydropower and Fish - Annex XIII
Completed Phase 4