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Hydro foundation announces researchers

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?

Increasing capacity of the Glyn Rhonwy hydro project

Owner of Welsh pumped-storage hydroelectric plant seeks to increase capacity by 50 MW

12/04/2014

Internal stakeholders for the US$155.5 million Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage hydroelectric plant have sent a revised request to the UK Planning Inspectorate to increase output of the powerhouse by 50 MW. 

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