Micro hydropower plant potential study based on Landsat 8 operational land imager satellite data

Yuliana Susilowati, Pudji Irasari, Yugo Kumoro, Wawan Hendriawan Nur, Yunarto Yunarto


Remote sensing technology has been widely applied in various fields, including oil, gas, and mineral exploration, spatial planning, and environmental monitoring. This paper describes the application of remote sensing technology for the potential study of a renewable micro hydropower plant (MHP) using Landsat 8 satellite data. The Sukaati Watershed, West Java, Indonesia, was selected as the case study area. Landsat 8 satellite data, acquired on August 21, 2020, was applied to extract information on land use, geology, and potential landslides. Drainage patterns, watershed boundaries, and head height were obtained from topographic map data. Drainage patterns, watershed boundaries, and land use are used to calculate flow rates. Geological map and landslide are the basis of layout of MHP components, such as water intake, dam, waterway, settling tank, penstock, and powerhouse. A field survey to acquire actual flow rate and head height was conducted to validate the results of the remote sensing data interpretation. Two potential sites of MHP were selected with a hydropower design of 129 kW and
5.18 MW. This study showed that remote sensing technology is beneficial for studying the potential of MHP because fieldwork can be done more quickly and efficiently.


Data; Feasibility study; Hydropower potential study; Landsat 8 satellite; Micro hydropower plant; Potential study; Remote sensing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11591/eei.v10i6.3208


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