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Voith ships massive component for Portugal's Frades 2 pumped-storage plant

05/26/2015

A spherical valve manufactured by Voith Hydro's manufacturing plant in China has completed a cross-border journey to Portugal, where it will be installed at the 383-MW Frades 2 pumped-storage hydro plant.

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Hydro Research Foundation announces 2015 class of researchers

05/22/2015

The Hydro Research Foundation has released its list of researchers for 2015.

FERC reports Ludington Pumped-Storage ups capacity 127.5 MW

05/04/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports the Ludington Pumped-Storage project completed unit upgrades in March, increasing project capacity by 127.5 MW to a total of 1,785 MW.

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.

Civil engineering contract awarded for Austria's 940-MW Koralm pumped-storage plant

04/13/2015

Pumpspeicherkraftwerk Koralm GmbH has selected ILF Consulting Engineers and AF-Consult to provide engineering services for the 940-MW Koralm pumped-storage hydropower project in Austria.

Including Pumped Storage Hydro in Long-Term Generation Planning

04/06/2015

A simplified method is available for evaluating the role of pumped-storage hydro plants in a utility's long-term planning. The method, previously used for ranking conventional power plants, can be adapted for quick analysis of the competitiveness of pumped-storage projects.

FERC receives license application for 260-MW Mineville underground pumped-storage project

04/01/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received a final license application in February from Moriah Hydro Corp. to develop the 260-MW Mineville pumped-storage project, to be located completely underground in an abandoned mine complex in New York.

Vianden Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project

Voith awarded contract for 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage plant upgrades

03/24/2015

Equipment manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract by owner Societe Electrique de l'Our S.A. to modernize four motor-generators at the 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage hydropower plant in Luxemburg.

Muddy Run Pumped Storage Hydropower Plant

Final FERC EIS endorses relicensing three Susquehanna River hydro projects

03/18/2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has issued a final environmental impact statement recommending the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects totaling 1,394.41 MW on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and Maryland

Erzhausen Pumped-Storage Hydropower Project

Firms sought to expand storage of Germany's 220-MW Erzhausen Pumped-Storage

03/05/2015

A unit of European utility Statkraft invites applications for pre-qualification to expand the water storage capacity, and thereby generation, of the 200-MW Erzhausen Pumped-Storage project in Germany.

154-MW Koepchenwerk II pumped-storage plant

Study concludes hydroelectric pumped-storage development should expand in Germany

02/19/2015

On Feb. 13, at Voith Hydro’s headquarters in Heidenheim, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, company officials met with Roderich Kiesewetter to discuss findings from a study it commissioned on the priority of expanding pumped-storage development. Kiesewetter, a member of the German Bundestag (parliament), visited the Brunnenmühle research and development center at Heidenheim -- Voith’s main hydro division -- to learn about “utilizing regional know-how for the expansion of pumped-storage power plants." 

Upgrading Two Pumped Storage Plants to Variable Speed

02/17/2015

Two French pumped storage hydropower plants of a similar vintage and sharing some design features - but with specific hydraulic design requirements - are being upgraded, one to variable speed. Work so far suggests that such a conversion is an effective approach.

Eskom pumped storage hydroelectric projects slowed by load shedding in South Africa

02/02/2015

Eskom, the South Africa-based company that supplies 95% of the country’s energy, is unable to generate at full capacity at two of its pumped-storage facilities mainly operated during periods of peak electricity demand. The hydroelectric projects have a total capacity of 1,400 MW, but due to a combination of maintenance, supply and demand issues, Eskom recently announced it was entering Stage 1 load shedding to maintain water levels at its pumped storage facilities. 

Lesotho seeks bids to develop Polihali Dam; hydro project studied

01/29/2015

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority invites proposals to implement several portions of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), including construction of Polihali Dam and a water transfer tunnel.

FERC receives permit application for seawater-powered Hawaii pumped-storage

01/21/2015

United Power Corp. has filed an application for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study development of the 30-MW South Maui Pumped-Storage project, which would use seawater from the Pacific Ocean to power the project on the south coast of Maui Island, Hawaii.

Awards for graduate-level hydro research

Hydro Research Foundation accepting applications to Hydro Research Awards Program

01/21/2015

The Hydro Research Foundation is again accepting applications for its Hydro Research Awards Program, designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower.

Saez to manage pumped-storage project

Saez promoted to area regional manager for New York’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage project

12/31/2014

Brian Saez has been named new regional manager for Central New York, the top position at New York Power Authority’s 1,160-MW Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

FERC refuses to extend PG&E permit to study up to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage

12/22/2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a request by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to extend by two years the utility's second preliminary permit to study development of a 300- to 1,200-MW Mokelumne Pumped-Storage project in California's Amador and Calaveras counties.

Sticky Wickets: Modifying Operation of a Pumped-Storage Project

12/05/2014

Installation of two pumped-storage turbines at Salt River Project's (SRP) Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa pumped-storage powerhouses increased each facility's generating capacity and efficiency but resulted in rough operation when the units were run too far off their best efficiency point (BEP).

A (Potentially) Bright Future for Pumped Storage in the U.S.

12/05/2014

There is a lot of potential for pumped-storage development in the U.S. What will it take to get construction of this valuable generating resource moving forward again?

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