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Department of Hydro and Renewable Energy (HRED) formerly Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, an academic department of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee was established in the year 1982 and has celebrated 2007 as silver jubilee year.

HRED has been providing professional supports in the field of Small Hydropower Development covering planning, Detailed Project Reports, Detailed Engineering Designs and Construction drawings, Technical Specifications of Turn Key execution/equipment Supply, Refurbishment, Renovation and Modernisation of SHP Stations, Techno-Economic Appraisal, R & D/Monitoring of Projects, Remote Sensing and GIS Based Applications. Technical support to over 25 different state and central government organizations for shp development has been provided. IPPs and financial institutions are utilizing its expertise support for their SHP development.

HRED also worked for several projects related the conservation and management of water bodies.

HRED has developed two new designs of water mills for grains grinding

A) Patent No. 230527  "A Horizontal Open-Cross Flow Turbine"
B) Patent No. 231697  "A Water Mill Used For Grinding Grains"
and for mechanical/electricity generation purpose for the hilly region of the country.

HRED has been imparting training to the field engineers and technologists through short-term training courses to create trained human resource including of neighboring and developing countries in the field of renewable energy. HRED offers a four semester Master of Technology (M.Tech.) course in "Alternate Hydro Energy Systems". HRED also offers three elective subjects on Renewable Energy to bachelor of engineering students of the Institute. Ph.D. Programme is also offered by HRED. A M.Tech. programme in "Environmental Management of Rivers and Lakesfully sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests, GOI is being offered since 2004 to the officers state / local / central government  organizations.

HRED has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Uttaranchal, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir to work as expert agency for the development of small hydropower in Uttaranchal. It has set up Instrumentation laboratory to provide independent performance testing of hydropower plants.

A real time digital SHP simulator has been established for training and design with the support from MNRE, Govt of India and UNDP under CCFII.