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FITHydro - Fish friendly Innovative Technologies for Hydropower

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FIThydro addresses the decision support in commissioing and operating hydropower plants (HPP) by use of existing and innovative technologies. It concentrates on mitigation measures and strategies to develop cost-effecient environmental solutions and on strategies to avoid individual fish damage and enhancing population developments. Therefore HPPS all over Europe are involved as test sites.

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  • Bringing together all disciplines related to hydropower
  • Assessing the response and resilience of fish populations in HPP affected rivers 
  • Environmental impact assessment and species protection
  • Improving gish and fisheries impact mitigation strategies using conventional and innovative cost efficient measures
  • Enchancing methods models and tools to cope with EU obligation 
  • Identifying bottlenecks of HPPs and deriving cost efficient mitigation strategies
  • Risk based Decision Support System (DSS) for planning, commissioning and operating of HPPs
  • Enhancing problem awareness and objectiveness of policy implementer, NGOs and the public
FITHydro Objectives
  • Develop methods and test them in 13 Test Case Sites i 4 Focus Regions
  • 26 partners from Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Estonia, Belgium, Austria and Norway
  • SINTEF Energy Research, NTNU, Statkraft og Sweco from Norway

Financed by the EU H2020 program.


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Project duration

2016 - 2020

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