Small hydropower unit was established in 2004 with the objective of conducting research into and carrying out development of small hydropower potentials on the Sokoto and Rima Rivers particularly in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States. The unit has a laboratory for conducting research, testing and demonstration with which it has identified some potentials SHP sites in Sokoto and Rima Rivers and will soon embark on the verification and updating of these sites in order to determine the various heads available at these sites.

The unit has developed and tested a laboratory simulated model of a hydro-electric power plant. This is for the benefit of young and upcoming students interested in hydro-derived renewable energy.
The unit has also developed and is currently testing a model of a hydro-electric power plant with an overhead water tank simulated head. After testing, the plant is intended to be a model for rural electrification. Below are photographs delineating the unit’s laboratory and simulated/developed model plant.