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Nepal awards contract for first large-scale pumped-storage hydropower project

07/30/2015

Engineering firm Lahmeyer International GmbH and sub-consultant Manitoba Hydro International have been awarded a contract by Tanahu Hydropower Ltd. to provide a number of services associated with the development of the 140-MW Tanahu pumped-storage project in Nepal.

Uprating of the Czech Republic's 325 MW Pump Turbine Power station Dlouhé Stráneˇ

07/27/2015

With a rated output of 325 MW, Europe's largest pump turbines were installed at Dlouhé Stráně in the Czech Republic in 1996.

Viewpoint: Hydropower Storage: The Key to Pumping up the Global Renewable Energy Rollout

07/27/2015

More than half of all the new global hydropower capacity added in 2014 was in China. According to a new International Hydropower Association (IHA) briefing, some 21.25 GW of new hydropower was installed in China that year.

Lesotho seeks design, supervision of Polihali Dam, studies of 1,200-MW Kobong Pumped-Storage, conventional hydro

07/16/2015

The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) seeks design and supervision of Polihali Dam, economic studies and development arrangements for the 1,200-MW Kobong Pumped-Storage project, and feasibility studies for conventional hydropower projects in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

Developing the JD Pool pumped storage project

Update: Status of the JD Pool Pumped Storage Project

07/09/2015

Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County, Washington, is advancing development on its 1,200-MW JD Pool Pumped Storage Project on the Columbia River.

Eagle Crest buys site for 1,300-MW pumped-storage hydro project

07/07/2015

Eagle Mountain LLC has agreed to buy the Kaiser Eagle Mountain mine near Desert Center, Calif., from CIL&D (formerly known as Kaiser Ventures), with the site intended for a pumped storage hydroelectric project.

Hydroelectric power included in U.S. bill pushing mandatory energy storage

06/24/2015

Legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources earlier this month could require some utilities to increase their energy storage portfolios with sources that include pumped-storage hydroelectric power.

San Diego authorities approve further study of proposed San Vicente pumped-storage plant

06/16/2015

San Diego's City Council voted unanimously to pursue a two-year, $900,000 study of the proposed San Vicente pumped-storage hydropower project last week.

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.

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.

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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.

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