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WEC announces global energy information website

The World Energy Council has launched a new website at http://www.worldenergy.orgwww.worldenergy.org that provides open access to the council's energy knowledge repository from its 90-year history.

Information on the site is drawn from WEC's studies on energy resources, issues, policies and global energy sustainability ranking. The website features interactive data visualization tools to help users understand and compare energy data across regions. It also allows users to download select data in numerical or graphical formats.

The data section of the site features information on world energy resources and offers world energy issues maps, an energy sustainability index and energy efficiency indicators. The site indicates that the top three producing countries worldwide for hydropower are China, Canada and Brazil.

Globally hydropower currently has an installed capacity of some 1.17 TW, according to WEC figures which also reveal hydro installed capacity by region and the top hydropower producing countries. The site indicates only a third of the total global potential has been developed.

WEC is an impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system. It was formed in 1923 and has more than 3,000 member organizations in more than 90 countries.

Russian, Canadian companies collaborate on research

Hydroelectric project operator Hydro-Quebec and Russian power company EuroSibEnergo have signed a two-year agreement to cooperate on hydropower generation and transmission research and development projects. Under the agreement, Hydro-Quebec and EuroSibEnergo subsidiary Irkutskenergo will collaborate via its research institute, IREQ.

As per terms of the partnership, Irkutskenergo will get access to Hydro-Quebec's technological innovation projects. The companies have outlined seven initial joint projects in generation and transmission, including condition-based maintenance for hydro turbines, generators and transformer service life. Hydro-Quebec said Irkustkenergo will co-finance the projects and obtain license rights on Russian territory.

"This cooperation creates new technology transfer opportunities for two leading hydropower companies, whose assets are located in very similar regions of the world," said EuroSibEnergo official Artem Volynets. "We believe that this collaboration will not only be beneficial for our companies, but will also provide positive growth to the world's power industry in general."

EuroSibEnergo, part of Russia's En+ Group, is one of the country's largest independent power companies with a portfolio of 18 hydropower plants that have a total installed capacity of 19.5 GW.

Website offers data on hydro facilities worldwide

The Global Energy Observatory website offers information on power plants around the world, including hydro facilities.

The website, at globalenergyobservatory.org, was developed by Dr. Rajan Gupta with Los Alamos National Laboratory. The goal is to help accelerate all three aspects of the global energy challenge: access to affordable energy by the global population, moving our energy systems to carbon-neutral ones, and achieving these in environmentally responsible and economically viable ways.

For power plants, a variety of data can be accessed, which includes:

— Map of plants by country and state, which can be broken down by generating technology, including hydro. Clicking on one of the plants gives its name, generating capacity and a link to a fact sheet; and

— Plant data accessible by choosing plant type (including hydro), country, state and specific plant name. Data provided includes location coordinates, a plant description including generating capacity, unit information (number of units and commissioning date of each), owner, and reference data.

For example, data is available on the Sarobi Dam project in Kabul state in Afghanistan. This plant operates as run-of-river on the Kabul River with a capacity of 22 MW and was commissioned in 1957. The surface powerhouse contains two turbine-generating units manufactured by Siemens, and the project is owned and operated by the Ministry of Energy and Water Afghanistan.

Users are invited to help contribute further data to the website, specifically with regard to precise geospatial location, power plant description, infrastructure and operating costs, and environmental impacts. A username and password are required to make updates to the database.

Book provides theory on hydroelectric plant operation

A book is available that is intended to provide theoretical and applied results obtained by the authors during a long period of practice devoted to problems in the design and operation of hydroelectric plants in different countries.

The book, Hydropower – Practice and Application, covers all the main components of a hydro plant, from the basin for water intake at the upstream end to the water flow outlet at the downstream end.

Chapters in the book cover:

— Sustainable Hydropower – Issues and Approaches;

— Hydropower – The Sustainability Dilemma;

— Hydrological Statistics for Regulating Hydropower;

— Assessment of Impact of Hydropower Dams Reservoir Outflow on the Downstream River Flood Regime – Nigeria's Experience;

— Discharge Measurement Tech-niques in Hydropower Systems with Emphasis on the Pressure-Time Method;

— Sediment Management in Hydro-power Dam (Case Study – Dez Dam Project);

— Application of Microseismic Monitoring Technique in Hydroelectric Projects;

— Limnology of Two Contrasting Hydroelectric Reservoirs (Storage and Run-of-River) in Southeast Brazil;

— Reservoir Operation Applied to Hydropower Systems;

— Hydropower Scheduling in Large Scale Power Systems;

— Fuzzy Scheduling Applied on Hydroelectric Power Generation;

— Integration of Small Hydro Turbines into Existing Water Infrastructures;

— Project Design Management for a Large Hydropower Station; and

— Damming China's and India's Periphery: An Overview over the Region's Rapid Hydropower Development.

The 320-page book was edited by Dr. Hossein Samadi-Boroujeni, assistant professor at the Water Resources Research Center at Shahrekord University in Iran. He worked as a senior manager of the Dez hydropower rehabilitation project from 1999 to 2004.

— Download the book for free at http://www.intechopen.com/books/hydropower-practice-and-applicationwww.intechopen.com/books/hydropower-practice-and-application. A hard copy can be purchased by e-mailing orders@intechopen.com".

Certification offered for hydropower professionals

The Life Long Learning Academy Wien in Vienna, Austria, and the European Small Hydropower Association conducted a course that allowed attendees to become certified professionals for sustainable hydropower.

The seven modules in the course, each of which is four or five days long, took place from March 12 to June 28, 2013. The course involved study tours of small and large hydro plants, as well as lectures by professors and experienced hydropower professionals on topics such as:

— Basics in hydropower

— Hydrology, hydromechanics and hydropower resources assessment tools;

— Low-head design works;

— High-head design works;

— Electromechanical equipment; and

— Ecology, conflict solving and due diligence.

The post-graduate courses were designed to equip participants with the competence to understand the state of the art with regard to hydropower design and technology, the organizers say.

Total cost of the course was €6,615 (US$8,630), although individual courses could be booked for €1,250 ($1,631) to €1,400 ($1,826).

The academy is part of the University of Applied Sciences Vienna and focuses on technology and education for people in technical or engineering professions.

ESHA represents the interest of the hydropower sector by promoting the benefits and opportunities of hydropower at the EU level.


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