Two pre-conference sessions will be held in Gdansk. Attendance is limited so it is important to register interest as soon as possible.

Pre-conference Small Hydro workshop

Sunday 14 October

Many factors are considered in the design and construction of the optimum hydropower project. All parts of a scheme are interrelated and interdependent. Change one component and all others will be affected. This workshop, following successful ones held in Vientiane, Montreux, Marrakech, Seville and Danang, is aimed at people who are, or will be, involved in hydropower development as part of rural electrification programmes. It will cover run-of-river hydro projects in the ‘pico’ to ‘mini’ range (1 kW to 1 MW capacity).

As this is a diverse form of energy production, there are always areas which are unfamiliar to people, despite many individual specialisms. This workshop aims to fill in the gaps, and help people to gain a good basic grounding in the topic. All relevant aspects will be covered, from rainfall to energy evaluation, including:

• Analysis of scheme location and definition of potential catchments
• Turning rainfall into an available flow range from a catchment and development of a flow duration curve
• Power and energy generated calculation
• Intake structures, channel and/or pipeline routes and sizing
• Powerhouse design and equipment
• Turbine selection
• Generator, controls and switchgear options
• Grids, national and local

This will be a ‘hands-on’ workshop, which will involve the participants, working in groups, to develop an actual hydropower project during the day. After presentations on the individual scheme aspects, the groups will put together the components of the project. This will follow through to the completed design.

This workshop is sponsored by Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd.

Large Plant Operators' roundtable

Sunday 14 October

The Third Roundtable on Large Hydroelectric Powerplant operation will be held on 14 October. Organized by Itaipu Binacional, Brazil/Paraguay, this full-day event will be an informal, exclusive, high-level forum to exchange knowledge about real-time operational challenges and experiences at some of the world’s major hydro plants. The mission is to allow for discussion among senior professionals responsible for the daily operation of the plants. Participants will be invited to play an active role in the discussion. Interventions will be welcome on best practice, or on challenging issues where the opinions of other operators could be helpful in resolving problems.

After invited presentations, a facilitated discussion will take place. Specific topics will be agreed in advance. Examples could include:

• Human factors in real-time operation
• SCADA systems and associated apps
• Operational inspections
• Shift work challenges and practices
• Emergency action plans
• Operational risk analysis
• Dealing with flood forecasting
• Training and communication
• Quality control

Places are limited for the Roundtable; to express interest in securing a place, please email: as soon as possible, giving details of your organization, role and responsibilities, and the powerplant you would discuss during the Roundtable.

Conference Programme

HYDRO 2018 will be held in Gdansk, Poland. Technical sessions, bringing together experts from across the world, will be held on issues currently faced by the international hydropower and dams community.

The Polish utility Energa is planning a new cascade development on the Vistula river, and plans are also taking shape for a major new trinational inland navigation scheme, which could pave the way for new low-head run-of-river hydro schemes to move ahead. Poland is an ideal meeting point in central Europe, improving access for many of its neighbouring countries, who will join the regular attendees from the world hydropower community.


Sunday 14th October

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Monday 15th October

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Tuesday 16th October

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Wednesday 17th October

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors

HYDRO 2018

  • 15 - 17 October 2018
  • Gdansk - Poland
Wartsila - Powering a better future
Voith - Inspiring Technology for Generations