TECNALIA tests the viability of its tool with the sector for assessing the impacts of climate change on hydroelectric generation

9 July 2021

It is a support tool for defining adaptation strategies, which combines hydrological projections with sectoral information.

TECNALIA, with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation (of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge) and the collaboration of Naturgy, has developed a tool for evaluating hydroelectric generation projections, which is particularly sensitive to the impacts of climate change. Its important role in the energy transition towards a more sustainable energy system requires putting adequate adaptation strategy planning in place for this sector, working with existing hydrological forecasts, and combining them with sectoral information.

At the end of last month, TECNALIA organised the workshop “Assessing the effects of projected hydrological scenarios for the 21st century on hydroelectric power generation” to raise awareness about this tool and to gauge the sector's opinion about the functions developed and the practical application of its results.

The event was attended by leading industry players - representatives from Naturgy, Endesa, Iberdrola and Red Eléctrica de España. Eduardo González, Deputy Director General for the Coordination of Actions against Climate Change, from the Spanish Office for Climate Change, was asked to open the session. TECNALIA's experts in Adaptation to Climate Change presented the methodology and tool for evaluating hydroelectric generation projections in future scenarios. This tool makes it possible to take a quantitative approach to risk analysis and setting priorities for future detailed studies: it makes use of climate information provided by CEDEX and the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Strengthening research, investing in specific detailed studies and adapting the sector are key to achieving optimum use of hydroelectric infrastructure, while preserving and improving the state of our rivers.

Using this link AdapteCCa you can download the results of the project “Assessing the effects of projected hydrological scenarios for the 21st century on hydroelectric power generation”, in Spanish, developed with the support of Biodiversity Foundation.