Project objectives:

The overall objective of the Project is in concordance with the strategic objective of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC-HDF Programme). The major objective will be fulfilled within the Project through the development of renewable energy (hydraulic) conversion systems and through their utilization by private consumers providing the protection of the environment.

The main activities scheduled for the achievement of the Project objectives are presented as follows:

  • Determination of specific energy needs of rural consumers and prospecting the micro hydraulic energy potential (kinetic) of the Nistru, Prut and Raut rivers, according to the Programme requirements;
  • Design of technological systems integrated with micro-hydro-stations;
  • Testing, development and cost-efficiency optimization of the technological systems integrated with micro-hydro-stations;
  • Design and manufacturing of two samples of micro-hydro-stations, one for production of electrical or thermal energy, approx. 5 kWh installed power, another for pumping water, approx. 7 kW installed power. These samples will be utilized for market conditions testing;
  • Establishment of a Center for consulting users of micro-hydro-stations concerning on correct selection of the type, emplacement, accurate exploitation and regular technical maintenance, etc.;
  • Development of a complete market strategy for the promotion and development of irrigation, heating and lighting systems that can be distributed in regions with hydraulic potential by utilizing means with reduced ecological impact;
  • Dissemination of the achieved results by participation at national and international fairs, radio and TV presentations, papers publication, organization of training workshops for members of local councils, for potential users of micro-hydro-stations, etc.;
  • Conservation of the ecological balance and water environment.

The project is sustainable in the long-term as the applications could be extended to all BSEC regions, as well as to the neighboring ones. Besides the local authorities which are directly involved in the project, there are different interested target groups, such as: other local authorities, various isolated consumers, small enterprises for agricultural products production and processing, rural schools, young people, etc. Their interest will consist, after case, in the application of results, in the undertaking of their own research, in finding a job place, etc. The risk in the long-term refers to a low extension of the applications. This might happen if those interested will be not informed, but the dissemination activities scheduled within the project and the support offered by the partner universities even after the project finishes will diminish this risk. The mentioned risk might occur also by lack of funds. However, the relatively reduced costs compared to the obtainable benefits will determine the local authorities to offer and to attract the demanded financial support.