Europe Hydropower Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The European hydropower market is segmented by type (large hydropower, small hydropower, and pumped storage) and geography (Russia, Norway, France, Italy, and the Rest of Europe). The report offers the installed capacity and forecasts for the European hydropower market in Gigawatts (GW) for all the above segments.

Europe Hydropower Market Size

Europe Hydropower Market Summary
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Study Period 2018- 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR > 1.00 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Europe Hydropower Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Hydropower Market Analysis

The European hydropower market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 1% during the forecast period.

In 2020, COVID-19 negatively impacted the market. Presently, the market has reached pre-pandemic levels.

  • Over the next five to ten years, the market will likely be driven by investments in hydropower plants and the demand for renewable energy.
  • On the other hand, the growth of the market is likely to be slowed by the high initial cost of building.
  • Nevertheless, countries in the region focus on reducing their carbon emissions under the Paris climate accord, and hydropower is considered among the major proponents of the transition. This is expected to provide opportunities to the market players.
  • Russia is expected to have the largest hydropower market in the region because it is investing more in the sector and has the most hydropower energy already in place.

Europe Hydropower Industry Segmentation

Hydropower, also called hydroelectric power, is a renewable energy source that changes the natural flow of a river or other body of water with a diversion or dam.

Europe's hydropower market is segmented by type and geography. By type, the market is segmented into large hydropower, small hydropower, and pumped storage. The report also covers the size and forecasts of the power market across major countries in the region. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on installed capacity in gigawatts (GW).

Large Hydropower
Small Hydropower
Pumped Storage
Rest of Europe

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Europe Hydropower Market Trends

Pumped Storage to Witness Significant Growth

  • Pumped storage is important for the reliability of the grid because it is one of the few large-scale, cost-effective ways to store and use electricity. Pumped storage projects store and make energy by moving water between two reservoirs at different heights. With this technology, renewable energy can be stored so that it can be used when electricity is needed.
  • In May 2022, Drax Group PLC invested £500 million in the Cruachan power station. The company planned to add 600 MW of underground pumped storage hydropower capacity to the Cruachan power station. The company is planning to double the Cruachan facility’s capacity by 2030, and work on-site begins in 2024. The company plans to hollow out a cavern in Ben Cruachan and excavate around two million tons of rock to house the power station and related infrastructure.
  • In the United Kingdom, in 2020, the refurbishment of the 360 MW Ffestiniog pumped storage plant was moving ahead, with further pumped hydro planned in the UK and Ireland. Pumped storage is seen as a reliable source of renewable energy that can be used as a storage mechanism to reduce the unpredictability of renewable sources like wind and solar.
  • A fairly new way to build pumped-storage projects is to put the reservoirs in places that are physically separate from the rivers. After the reservoirs are filled the first time, they only need a small amount of make-up water to make up for water lost through seepage. By completely avoiding existing complex aquatic systems, these types of projects may be able to reduce the most serious marine effects of project development by a large amount.By becoming more eco-friendly, the system is likely to lose its negative effects and could be used in areas with low biodiversity, which would help the market grow.
  • According to IRENA, the installed capacity of pumped storage in Europe went up, but in 2021, it stayed the same at 28,341 megawatts. Due to more investments in the sector, the installed capacity is expected to grow over the next few years.
  • Because of this, pumped storage is expected to grow a lot over the next few years as more money is put into the field and new technologies are developed.
Europe Hydropower Market: Pumped Storage Installed Capacity, in MegaWatt (MW), Europe, 2014-2021

Russia to Dominate the Market

  • Russia proposes to increase the share of renewable energy in power generation to 4.9 percent by 2030. A unique capacity payment mechanism for new renewable energy capacity in solar, wind, and small hydro projects has been approved, with an assured 12% return on investment. This is expected to incentivize the market players to create small hydro projects, which may aid the market's growth.
  • Due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and the ban on Russian natural gas and crude oil. The country witnessed a significant impact on the economy, further leading to disinvestments by prominent European nations and others in renewable energy markets.
  • Russia's hydropower operators are making substantial investments in their existing stations. The upgrade plans announced by EN+ group International PJSC to upgrade the 662 MW Irkutsk and the 6,000 MW Krasnoyarsk hydropower stations as part of their new energy modernization program Increasing modernization is expected to boost the growth of the market.
  • In December 2022, the Russian government planned to add 3.8 GW of new hydropower plants and 2.9 GW of new pumped-storage hydropower plants.
  • IRENA says that in 2021, the country's installed hydropower capacity stayed at 52,501 megawatts.However, new hydropower projects are being installed in the country, which is expected to boost the hydropower market.
  • Hence, Russia is expected to dominate the European hydropower market due to significant investments, new business models, and governmental incentives.
Europe Hydropower Market: Hydropower Installed Capacity, in MW, Russia , 2014-2021

Europe Hydropower Industry Overview

The European hydropower market is partially fragmented. Some of the key players in this market (in no particular order) include Electricite de France SA, Andritz AG, PJSC RusHydro, Statkraft AS, and Enel Green Power S.p.A.

Europe Hydropower Market Leaders

  1. Electricite de France SA

  2. Andritz AG

  3. PJSC RusHydro

  4. Statkraft AS

  5. Enel Green Power S.p.A.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe Hydropower Market Concentration

Europe Hydropower Market News

  • September 2022: The French Energy Regulation Commission (CRE) permitted it to sign a contract with EDF for the sale of electricity produced by a new run-of-river hydropower station with a capacity of 2.9 MW that is to be built on the Inini River at Saut-Sonnelle, in the town of Maripa-Soula. The offtake contract covers 30 years from the commissioning of the facility, which is scheduled for 2026.
  • May 2022: Cruachan Power Station will get a USD 607 million investment from Drax Group PLC. The business intended to increase the Cruachan power station's hydroelectric capacity by 600 MW with underground pumped storage. By 2030, the business wants to increase the capacity of the Cruachan complex, and construction will start in 2024. In order to accommodate the power plant and associated infrastructure, the company's plans include hollowing out a cavern in Ben Cruachan and excavating almost two million tons of rock.

Europe Hydropower Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Hydropower Installed Capacity and Forecast in GW, till 2028

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Large Hydropower

      2. 5.1.2 Small Hydropower

      3. 5.1.3 Pumped Storage

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Russia

      2. 5.2.2 Norway

      3. 5.2.3 France

      4. 5.2.4 Italy

      5. 5.2.5 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Electricite de France SA

      2. 6.3.2 Andritz AG

      3. 6.3.3 PJSC RusHydro

      4. 6.3.4 Statkraft AS

      5. 6.3.5 Enel Green Power S.p.A.

      6. 6.3.6 Bechtel Corporation

      7. 6.3.7 General Electric Company

      8. 6.3.8 Voith Hydro

      9. 6.3.9 Agder Energi SA

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
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Europe Hydropower Market Research FAQs

The Europe Hydropower Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 1% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Electricite de France SA, Andritz AG, PJSC RusHydro, Statkraft AS and Enel Green Power S.p.A. are the major companies operating in the Europe Hydropower Market.

Europe Hydropower Industry Report

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