Smarty Hydropower 2 supply mining Operations with sustainable Energy

Occasion and motivation

Traditionally, mining has relied on the fossil fuels diesel, oil, coal and natural gas to meet its growing energy needs in the extraction and processing of mineral resources. Against the backdrop of growing greenhouse gas emissions, rising fuel prices and lower margins, opportunities are being sought to develop, evaluate and implement „smart“ concepts and technologies for the integration of hydropower in day-to-day operations and for further use after the end of operation. Within the scope of this project a pre-selection of concepts is to be taken and a partner country with the greatest possible potential identified.


Process water and existing water bodies in the surface mining area can be used in a meaningful manner in order to make the energy supply of the companies, at least in parts, sustainable. This project will also benefit neighboring municipalities as they can also be supplied with energy, even after the decommissioning of mining activities.

The project is based on a cooperation between RWTH Aachen University, Technical University of Munich and Smart Hydro Power GmbH, Munich, as well as selected global partners.

Workpackages in SmartH2OEnergy

The project is divided into three work packages (WP):

  • WP1:     Development of a rating system and data collection
  • WP2:    Development of concepts and definition of requirements
  • WP3:    Potential and risk analysis

    The MRE has initiated the project and is involved in all work packages. This definiton project is supported by the DLR project carrier.

Key data

  • Level: National
  • Role: Leader
  • Partners: 2
  • Volume: 60.000€
  • Duration: 6 Months

Research Areas


  • Chair of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering – Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Smart Hydro Power GmbH