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Glyn Rhonwy pumped storage

Next step reached for development of Wales’ Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage hydro

04/24/2015

The Crown Estate has agreed to lease 13 hectares of land in North Wales to Snowdonia Pumped Hydro for its 99.9-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage facility.

Kevin Mulligan: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

04/20/2015

Kevin Mulligan graduated last month from University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015

The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

Racine Locks and Dam hit by barge

Barge strikes lock structure at Racine Locks and Dam, with 48-MW hydro plant

04/16/2015

A riverboat towing eight barges loaded with coal struck the entrance to the lock at the Racine Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Ohio and West Virginia, last Saturday.

R&D Forum

04/15/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Tech Briefs

04/15/2015

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Tool to Predict TDG for the Columbia River Basin

04/14/2015

The authors propose a simplified method for determining total dissolved gas (TDG) uptake at hydropower facilities on the Mid-Columbia River.

Investigation, Re-creation Indicates Likely Ignition Point of Thermalito Fire

04/14/2015

On Thanksgiving Day 2012, a fire began at the 84-MW Thermalito plant three floors below ground level and spread upward into a control room on the next floor. An investigation revealed the probable ignition point, and the author discusses lessons learned.

USDA commits $73 million to dam rehabilitation, assessment program

04/10/2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will invest US$73 million to the rehabilitation and assessment of dams across the country to improve infrastructure safety and water supply consistency.

Fish net at Puget Sound Energy dam

Netting products installed at multiple hydroelectric facilities

04/09/2015

Netting systems supplied by Pacific Netting Products have been installed at several hydroelectric facilities in North America.

Chinese ministry stops 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project

04/09/2015

A letter sent by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection to the China Three Gorges Corporation has halted development of the country's 1,000-MW Xiaonanhai hydroelectric project.

U.S. extends call for oil filtration systems for 402-MW Dworshak hydro project

04/08/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids to supply oil filtration systems for the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

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