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EDP buys two small hydro projects in Brazil's Mato Grosso state


EDP Energias do Brasil, the Brazilian holding company of Portuguese electricity group Energias de Portugal, has announced the acquisition of two small hydro projects in the mid-western state of Mato Grosso from local group Bertin.

Piedmont Hydro Technologies commissions energy recovery system for Ohio water pollution control facility


Piedmont Hydro Technologies LLC, a North-Carolina based manufacturer of control systems for small hydropower applications, announced it has commissioned equipment for a 10-kW wastewater energy recovery system at the Warren, Ohio, water pollution control facility.

Brazil adds hydro plant, thermal plant to Reidi program


Brazil's mines and energy ministry has added a small hydro project and a thermal plant to the government's special infrastructure development incentives program, Reidi, wire services reported.

Brazil inaugurates six small hydro plants


One of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's last duties as Brazil's president was to inaugurate six small hydropower stations in the central state of Goias as part of a strategy to boost the development of the country's interior, according to a report by news agency EFE.

Emae starts construction at Pirapora hydro project in Brazil


Brazil's Sao Paulo state water and power company Emae has started the construction of its 25-MW Pirapora hydroelectric power project, a spokesperson for the firm told wire services.

China Hydroelectric to acquire 55.4 MW of hydropower projects in China


China Hydroelectric Corporation, an owner, developer and operator of small hydroelectric power projects in China, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in a total of 55.4 MW of operating installed capacity in the Fujian province of China.

Sri Lanka signs hydropower project deal with China


Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has awarded a US$82 million hydropower plant deal to China, government officials told media outlets.

VW to invest USD 84.2 million in Brazil hydropower project


Volkswagen do Brasil, a unit of German carmaker Volkswagen AG, will invest BRL 143 million (US$84.2 million) in the construction of a small-scale hydro plant in Brazil's southeastern Sao Paulo state, wire services reported.

Special Concerns Related to the Runaway Effect in Francis Turbines


A new method, called the dynamic orifice model, allows for waterhammer calculations to be performed in the initial design phase of a hydroelectric project, when many characteristics of the system are not yet well-defined. This method is particularly applicable when the system is equipped with a reaction turbine, such as a Francis unit.

Egemsa submits EIS for Peru small hydropower project


Peruvian state generator Egemsa has submitted an environmental impact statement to the energy and mines ministry to use water from the Aobamba River in Cuzco department to produce hydroelectric power, wire services reported.

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Turkish hydropower developer EnerjiSA Enerji Uretim A.S. is moving forward with plans to build and equip the 8 MW Dagdelen weir and hydroelectric project on Turkey’s Ceyhan River.

Rentricity installs energy recovery system for Pennsylvania water authority


Rentricity Inc., a New York City-based renewable energy company, announced it has completed a turn-key energy recovery installation of a 30 kW energy recovery system for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC)'s water system.

Lesce hydropower plant in Croatia starts trial run


Croatia's newly-constructed Lesce hydro plant recently started its trial run, wire services reported.

Aneel okays commercial operations at Brazil small hydro project


Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized commercial operations at one of the two generator units at the 19.4-MW Figueiropolis small hydropower plant, wire services reported.

Canada-based Reservoir Capital Corp. plans Bosnia hydropower projects


Canada's Reservoir Capital Corp. has filed applications with the government of the Republika Srpska (an autonomous region of Bosnia and Herzegovina) to build three run-of-river hydroelectric projects, Reservoir reported.

NHA Small Hydropower Workshop planned for November


The National Hydropower Association has planned its Small Hydropower Workshop, focusing on small hydro developers and service providers, for November. The deadline for early bird registration at a discounted rate is Sept. 30.

Copel to start construction of Cavernoso II hydro project in January


Brazilian utility Copel will begin construction of its 19.5-MW Cavernoso II small hydro plant in January 2011, a spokesperson for the firm told wire services.

Sri Lanka small hydro project registered under Clean Development Mechanism


The Adavikanda small hydropower project in Sri Lanka has been registered as a Clean Development Project under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, wire services reported.

SSE Renewables wins approval for Kildermorie small hydropower project


SSE Renewables, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, has won approval from Scottish ministers to develop a 7.5-MW hydroelectric power station at Kildermorie in Ross-shire, Scotland, SSE reported.

China Hydroelectric acquires Xiaopengzu hydropower project


China Hydroelectric Corporation, owner, developer and operator of small hydropower projects in China, announced that it has completed the previously-announced acquisition of 100 percent of the Xiaopengzu hydro project.

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