Hydroelectric Plant Controls & Automation

Hydroelectric Plant control, protection and automation equipment allow proper, often unmanned, operation of plants. Learn about contract awards and upgrade work planned.

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India's NTPC seeks EM bids for 171-MW Lata Tapovan


India's NTPC Hydro Ltd. seeks bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of electro-mechanical equipment of the 171-MW Lata Tapovan hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River in Uttarakhand State.

Alstom values Ecuador's 26.8-MW Ocana contract at US$12.6 million


Alstom Hydro announced June 9, 2009, that its generating equipment contract for Ecuador’s 26.8-MW Ocana hydroelectric project is valued at nearly 9 million euros (US$12.6 million).

Argentina, Paraguay seek SCADA system for 3,200-MW Yacyreta


The Argentina-Paraguay joint operator Entidad Binacional Yacyreta invites applications for pre-qualification to supply a replacement generation control center for the 3,200-MW Yacyreta hydroelectric project.

Coordinating Generator Protection and Controls: An Overview

03/01/2009 Keeping generators on line during a power system disturbance requires coordination of generator protection with generator controls.

HRW Briefings


Upgrading Controls Reduces Unit Downtime

10/01/2008 To reduce time needed to troubleshoot operational problems and to get units back on line quickly at seven of its eight hydro plants, Sacramento Municipal Utility District is converting to programmable logic controllers from hard-wired, relay-based logics.

ABB upgrades control system for five New Zealand hydros

06/03/2008 The ABB power and automation technology group is performing a control system upgrade for five New Zealand hydroelectric projects totaling 501 MW that are operated by Genesis Energy.

Tech Briefs

04/01/2008 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the availability of Civil Works for Hydroelectric Facilities: Guidelines for Life Extension and Upgrade.

Austria utility awards automation contract for 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen

12/13/2007 Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG has awarded a contract to supply automation equipment for the 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen hydroelectric project being built on Austria's Salzach River.

The Twitchy Turbine

11/01/2007 George was conducting an annual safety inspection at a dam, looking at the condition of the rip-rap.

Training Itaipu's Operators to Work with Digital Systems


Changing from a conventional operating system to a digital one can be daunting for plant operators.

Enhancing Powerhouse Security

10/01/2007 Hydro plant owners can enhance powerhouse security by installing lock-out relays, multifunction generator protective relays, wireless ethernet radio technology, and surveillance cameras.

Products, Services, and Information You Can Use

10/01/2007 ENECON Corp. offers a water-based liquid coating system for protecting metal, concrete, and masonry surfaces.

Wave prototype to be tested in United Kingdom

07/01/2007 Renewable Energy Holdings PLC plans to begin testing a prototype of its Cylindrical Energy Transfer Oscillating (CETO) wave power generator in the United Kingdom in 2007.

Heating System Solves Problem with Cold-Weather Gate Operation

04/01/2007 In the winter months, subzero temperatures, snowfall, and ice are common at the site of the 44-MW Station 5 hydroelectric plant on the Genesee River in Rochester, N.Y.

Austria seeks automation for 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen

03/15/2007 Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG seeks bids to supply automation equipment for the 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen hydroelectric project being built on Austria's Salzach River.

Small Hydro

03/01/2007 Conduit Capital Partners LLC, a New York-based equity investment firm, commits to invest US$9 million in the 12-mw Benito Juarez hydroelectric project being developed in Mexico.

Automating the Nisqually Project: Tacoma Power's Upgrade Experience


During a recent rehabilitation effort, Tacoma Power replaced the automation systems at its two-powerhouse 114-MW Nisqually project.

Integrating and Interpreting Multiple Measurements to Understand Generator Alignment Problems

03/01/2007 To determine the condition of the generators at the 212-MW Powerhouse One at its Rock Island project, Chelan County Public Utility District installed an air gap monitoring system.

Austria utility awards automation contract at 4-MW Gurkwerk

01/30/2007 Energie Klagenfurt GmbH has awarded a contract to automate and refurbish equipment at the 4-MW Gurkwerk hydroelectric project on Austria's Gurk River.

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