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Turbine Main Shaft Seal Leakage: Understanding the Problem


Leakage from the turbine main shaft seal can result in significant losses in efficiency and revenue at a hydroelectric facility. By understanding the problem and the solutions available, hydro plant owners/operators can recoup some of these losses.

Control Room III: Finding Work for Humans

09/01/2010 The seemingly boundless capability of expert systems and other computerized systems is rapidly changing the roles of both hydropower machinery and personnel. Some day, cyber systems could be doing it all — except the jobs that are too mundane, or too messy, for machines.

ABB commissions transmission link from Xiangjiaba hydro plant to Shanghai


Power and automation technology group ABB has announced the commissioning of the Xiangjiaba-Shanghai project, the world's first ultrahigh-voltage direct current transmission link to go into commercial operation.

Emerson wins contract to modernize 100 Ukraine hydroelectric turbine generators


Emerson Process Management has been awarded a US$28 million contract from UkrHydroEnergo for automation systems to manage and control 100 turbine generators in nine hydroelectric power plants. UkrHydroEnergo is the main hydropower generating company of Ukraine.

GE wins Caconde hydropower plant control system contract in Brazil


GE Energy's Control Solutions business has signed a contract for the first Mark VIe Hydro Integrated Control System to be installed in Brazil.

Control Room II: Looking Further into the Future

07/01/2010 By Jery R. Stedinger and Charles D.D. Howard
In this second of a three-part series, the authors envision the role of computerized control systems in the operation of hydro generating systems and how smart technology might one day make the most of day-to-day management decisions now performed by human operators.

Superconductor Technology Makes Hydropower Debut

07/01/2010 By Andrew Tan
Hirschaid in Germany will be the first hydro facility in the world to use high-temperature superconductor materials. The materials offers significant output and efficiency benefits over conventional copper-based generators.

Emerson in agreement for hydro, thermal power plant upgrades and development


Emerson Process Management and Korea South East Power Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on modernizing hydro and thermal power plants and developing new ones in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, Emerson announced.

Hydro industry automation and control company Reivax launches U.S. branch


Reivax, a Brazil-based firm that provides automation and control technology for hydropower and other industries, announced the launch of Florida-based Reivax North America LLC.

Learning from the Past, Embracing the Future

03/01/2010 We are publishing this issue of HRW just in time for the Russia Power Conference & Exhibition.

Alstom awarded Kusile power plant control system order in South Africa


France's Alstom, a leader in integrated energy management solutions for power plants, has won a contract worth EUR90 million (US$122.4 million) for the automation of Eskom’s latest thermal power plant project, Kusile. Alstom Power will engineer, supply and install its newest ALSPA Series 6 Distributed Control System.


Eaton switchgear wins product of the year honors


Plant Engineering magazine will present Eaton’s arc-resistant low voltage switchgear with a Product of the Year award for outstanding achievements in product design and innovation, Eaton Corp. announced.

Mavel supplies turbine, announces commissioning of Finland hydro project


Mavel, a.s. announced the successful commissioning of the Finnholm hydroelectric power plant, for which Mavel supplied a turbine.

CVEC buys 400-kW hydro plant


Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) has agreed to buy a small hydroelectric plant on Virginia’s Rockfish River from Blue Sky Power.

Alstom offers ALSPA Series 6 technology in North America


Alstom’s Energy Management Business is offering its Series 6 suite of power plant control and automation technology to the North American market, the company reported.

Experience with Installing and Using Optimization Software

12/01/2009 By Andrew B. Spackman and Richard B. Allen
Mighty River Power in New Zealand uses optimization software to improve overall performance of its nine hydro facilities. Based on results and lessons learned from initial operations, the utility plans to investigate the expansion of functionality within the system.

ABB wins US$120 million hydropower contract


Swiss engineering company ABB Ltd. won a US$120 million contract from Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern AG for work on a pumped-storage project in eastern Switzerland.

U.S. seeks operating procedures update for 6,809-MW Grand Coulee


The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids for technical writing to update standing operating procedures for the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee project in Washington.

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SMALL HYDRO: Practical Development: The Story of 940-kW Onekaka

09/01/2009 Four small hydro enthusiasts applied ingenuity and practical thinking to bring the 940-kW Onekaka hydro project in New Zealand — abandoned in the 1950s — back to working order.

Hydro Glossary

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