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Copel to invest US778 million in Colider hydro project in Brazil


Brazil's Parana state power firm Copel has signed the concession agreement with the Brazilian mines and energy ministry to build and operate the 300-MW Colider hydropower project, news agencies reported.

Maldie Burn small hydro project approved in Scotland


A small RWE hydropower project that can power 2,500 homes has been approved by the Scottish Government.

Epsa unveils Amaime small hydropower plant


Colombian hydropower generator Epsa has officially unveiled its 20-MW Amaime run-of-river small hydro plant in Valle del Cauca department.

New run-of-river hydropower projects for Panama


The province of Chiriqui, in the west of Panama, is to welcome two run-of-river hydroelectric power stations - Pando and Monte Lirio - with a combined capacity of 85 MW and an annual generating output of 430 GWh, according to Mexican news agency Notimex.

Test operations authorized for Brazil small hydropower projects


Brazilian utility sector regulator Aneel has authorized test operations at the 10-MW Caju small hydropower project, according to regulatory filings.

Swiss operator awards contract to expand small hydropower project


Hydropower operator Hydro Exploitation SA has awarded EMCH & Berger SA a US$2.75 million contract to oversee construction of a new water supply conduit at the 14.4-MW Farettes hydropower project in Switzerland's Vaud Canton.

Yunnan to build 136 small hydropower plants over next five years


China's Yunnan Province plans to invest RMB 8 billion (about US$121 million) over the next five years to construct 136 small-scale hydro plants, the Yunnan branch of the National Development and Reform Commission (Yunnan NDRC) reported.

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.

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