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Climate Variation and Hydropower Generation in Samanalawewa Hydropower Scheme, Sri Lanka

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Geeshani Dabare ,

Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka, LK
About Geeshani
Civil Engineering Bachelor’s student
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Miyuru B. Gunathilake,

Central Engineering Services (Pvt) Limited, Colombo, LK
About Miyuru B.

Civil Engineer

 

AMIE (SL) B.Sc. Eng. (Hons) (AIT), M. Eng. (AIT)

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Nandika Miguntanna,

Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka, LK
About Nandika

Senior Lecturer


B.Sc. Eng. (Hons)(Peradeniya), PhD (QUT)

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Kamal Laksiri,

Ceylon Electricity Board, LK
About Kamal

Project Director, Broadlands Hydropower Project

 

FIE (SL), BSc. Eng. (Hons) (Moratuwa). M.Sc. (NTNU), PhD (Saga)

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Upaka Rathnayake

Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Malabe, LK
About Upaka

Senior Lecturer


BSc. Eng. (Hons) (Peradeniya). M. Eng. (Hokkaido), PhD (Strathclyde, Scotland)

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Abstract

Climate variation is a challenging scenario on water resources. Therefore, runoffbased hydropower development stations are at an alarming situation across the world and the hydropower industry has significantly been affected. Therefore, it would be interesting to understand the impact of climate change on hydropower development in a country, where a significant energy contribution takes place by the renewable hydropower. However, such studies in Sri Lanka are limited mainly due to data scarcity. Nevertheless, this study was carried out to understand the relationships between the rainfall and the hydropower development in one of the major hydropower developments in Sri Lanka, Samanalawewa hydropower station. Non-parametric statistical trend analyses were carried out to the monthly rainfall over 26 years for the catchment rainfall. As the initial step, the link between rainfall and hydropower development was tested using the Pearson’s correlation coefficient. Interestingly, results revealed positive rainfall trends over the catchment. The correlation coefficient suggests that there is an acceptable correlation between the rainfall and the hydropower development. However, non-linear analysis is proposed to achieve more sound conclusions. Initial results revealed that there is no adverse impact to the inflow of the reservoir due to the on-going climate change.
How to Cite: Dabare, G., Gunathilake, M.B., Miguntanna, N., Laksiri, K. and Rathnayake, U., 2020. Climate Variation and Hydropower Generation in Samanalawewa Hydropower Scheme, Sri Lanka. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 53(3), pp.19–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/engineer.v53i3.7384
Published on 26 Jul 2020.
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