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World of Challenges, World of Opportunities

Click to EnlargeAndrew Lee — Chief Editor

It is a great feeling to be part of something that's on an upward curve. Happily, those involved in the worldwide hydropower sector are in that position right now thanks to a range of factors that add up to a bright future for our industry

Around the world, huge emphasis is rightly being placed on developing clean, renewable sources of energy. Wind, solar, and bioenergy often receive most of the attention as nations and regions look to build an energy infrastructure that can reduce emissions while simultaneously meeting surging demand from their economies.

But how about a technology that already meets 20 percent of the planet's electricity requirements from clean and abundant natural resources, which can operate at vast scale or provide local solutions to individual communities, and which offers opportunities for storage to meet periods of peak demand?

Fortunately, the profile of hydropower is rising and the sector is now being seen as a key element of the global future energy mix. If you need proof of that, HRW's overview of world hydro activity as we enter the new decade provides it. From the giant dam projects under way in China to the development of entirely new energy economies in nations such as Laos, from the vast untapped potential of Latin America to the transformation of communities in Africa and the resurgent interest in pumped storage in Europe — hydropower is on the march.

That is great news for the world and good news for those in the industry as opportunities spring up for project development, equipment supply, upgrading of existing facilities, and technical innovation in exciting new areas such as wave and tidal generation.

There has never been a better time to be involved in the international hydropower sector, which is why HRW is delighted to bring you its annual Buyers' Guide issue. Here you will find detailed information on the companies and organizations providing the equipment, services, and technologies that will drive hydropower forward. We hope you find it a valuable resource for the next year.

HRW adds global resources

I would like to take the opportunity to inform you of some additions to the team that brings you HRW. PennWell Corporation, which publishes HRW, along with Hydro Review magazine in the United States and the HydroWorld online community, is constantly looking at how it can best serve the markets it works for.

In the case of HRW, that means adding further international resources that will give us new opportunities to connect with the hydro community in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and to better serve our readers, advertisers, and the industry as a whole.

Subsequent issues of HRW will be led from the United Kingdom headquarters of PennWell International by a team including myself as chief editor, group publisher Ralph Boon, and sales manager Tom Marler.

As the division that already produces Renewable Energy World, PennWell's leading international title for the renewable energy sector, we know that hydropower will play a huge role in meeting the world's future supply needs.

We are delighted to be a part of that mission. Marla Barnes and her U.S-based team will continue to contribute their huge market knowledge. Together we aim to give the worldwide hydropower community a better publication than ever before, and the one that such an important and dynamic industry deserves.

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