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There are several major water resources with great hydro-power potential within the Slovak Republic. To create a huge natural water flow there are always couple of small streams and little rivers joining together. The question that emerges is: they are sufficiently equivalent hydro-power sources? As many villages, especially those in the mountain regions, posses at least one river flow. In many cases this flow is the annual cause of floods that negatively influence any of the Micro-urban regions. Another question that rises: this erratic natural force can be turned into an advantage for this kind of region by applying a suitable device or method?

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Slovak Republic and Taiwan R.O.C. have both similarities in geomorphologic landscape structures and urban divisions that create notable energy potential premises. They also are facing similar energy deficiency issues. Large population difference makes also premises for good prognosis study. Both countries are viably engaged in research on renewable resources. Proposed idea is dealing with the energy resource decentralization caused by not underestimated development of micro-urbanism, applying the autarchic grids arranged in the idea of ‘electric power grid circles’ binding micro-urban structures together and at the same time creates smart energy communities using renewable energy micro-systems. Current water turbine’s efficiency rose up to 96%. Proposed multi-purpose micro-hydro type might be one of the reliable renewable resources applicable in this kind of situations.

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Pollack Periodica
Authors: Štefan Tkáč, Lukáš Sečka, and Zuzana Vranayová

The paper introduces the current stage of hydropower and hydro-potential in a European landlocked country — Slovak Republic and Asia-Pacific island country — Taiwan R.O.C. (Republic Of China). Published data are present results of ongoing, one-year bilateral project focused on mapping the current development of renewable resources with closer zoom at hydroenergy and its role in overall energy development in both case studies. Purpose of the practical action research was to collect data and update information about existing power stations for records, possible future development scenarios, alternative stand alone energy approach and bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable energy.

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