Sustainable Hydropower in West Africa

Sustainable Hydropower in West Africa

Planning, Operation, and Challenges

1st Edition - January 2, 2018

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  • Editors: Amos Kabo-Bah, Chukwuemeka Diji
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130162
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130179

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Sustainable Hydropower in West Africa: Planning, Operation, and Challenges provides a comprehensive overview of the planning, deployment and management of hydropower in West Africa and similar regions. The authors use a practical approach to analyze available technology, modeling methodologies and sustainability aspects, such as the dependence between climate and hydropower, and socio-economic and environmental impacts. They discuss the need for innovative solutions and how to close research gaps in the field for this region. Although more than 50% of West Africa’s hydropower potential is still untapped, re-engineering and maintenance of existing hydropower plants is a key issue and is discussed. Issues of productivity and optimization are also covered, as well as the introduction of new technology and integration of hydropower into existing energy systems—renewable energy systems, in particular. Policy and regulation are also examined, considering competing needs when managing water resources. The final chapter offers a summary of activities, strategies, policies and technology for easy reference and practical use. Due to its wide coverage and real life examples, this is a useful reference for engineering professionals in the field of hydropower, working in West Africa and regions with similar conditions. This book helps engineers make technology and location decisions for planning, deploying and operating hydropower plants. The book’s accessible language and international authorship also allows for easy use by energy researchers, analysts and policy makers who need information for the analysis, modeling, financing, implementation and regulation of hydropower in West Africa and related regions.

Key Features

  • Presents the most current issues related to hydropower deployment and management in West Africa and regions with similar conditions
  • Discusses key challenges, focusing on practical aspects and methodologies
  • Explores the technological, sustainability and economic aspects to be considered when deploying, operating and maintaining hydropower plants in West Africa and similar regions


Engineering professionals in the field of hydropower, especially mechanical, electrical and environmental. Hydropower researchers, energy analysts and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Climate Change and Hydro-Vision
    2. Promoting Hydropower Research in Africa
    3. Hydropower and the era of Climate Change and Carbon Financing
    4. Hydropower development– Review of the Successes and Failures in the World
    5. Climate Change and Societal Change
    6. Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development and Energy Systems Integration
    7. Hydropower Technologies – Opportunities and Challenges
    8. Hydropower and Changing Economic Needs
    9. Legislation on Hydropower Use and Development
    10. Re-engineering Hydropower Plant for Improved Performance
    11. Hydropower Generation in West Africa – the Working Solution Manual

Product details

  • No. of pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: January 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130162
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130179

About the Editors

Amos Kabo-Bah

Dr. Amos Kabo-bah holds a obtained his Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from Hohai University, China, and is now a lecturer of the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering at University of Energy and Natural Resources, an associate editor for the Journal of Energy and Natural Resource Management (JENRM), and acting head for the GEONETCast Centre. He is the Project Manager for European Space Agency TIGER Capacity Building Facility; and Fire and Disaster Management Curriculum. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Abdou Moumouni University of Niger since 2014 for the WASCAL Programme. Dr. Kabo-bah is a task contributor of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and core member for AFRIGEOSS – an initiative for Africans to develop useful satellite products. His research area is applied satellite technology in the improved management of water, energy, disasters, climate, weather, health, ecosystems, agriculture, and ecosystems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources

Chukwuemeka Diji

Dr. Chukwuemeka J. Diji is a senior lecturer and the immediate past acting. Head of department, department of mechanical engineering, university of Ibadan (August, 2015 – July, 2017). he currently teach courses in Thermo – fluids, material science, production technology and entrepreneurship as well as energy studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also serve as an associate lecturer in three major academic Centre’s of the University of Ibadan: Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV); Centre for Petroleum, Economics, Energy and Law (CPEEL); and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 2008, and is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Automobile Engineers’ Institute and registered engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior lecturer and the immediate past acting. Head of department of the mechanical engineering department, university of Ibadan

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