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Emerson, RusHydro cooperate on automation for hydro plants in Russia


Emerson Process Management and JSC RusHydro, the largest hydropower generation company in Russia, have signed a memorandum of cooperation for process automation projects that will improve the reliability and availability of RusHydro hydroelectric units.

ABB wins US80 million contract for Itaipu hydro project substation


ABB has won orders worth about $80 million from Itaipu Binacional, the operator of the Itaipu hydropower plant, to build a new substation in Paraguay and expand an existing installation.

Pipe, pumps, valves sought for 126-MW Robert S. Kerr


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids for pipe, fittings, valves, pumps, and insulation for the 126-MW Robert S. Kerr hydroelectric project on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.

U.S. sets switchgear bid date for 96-MW Greers Ferry, 112-MW Beaver


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the deadline for bids to replace switchgear and other electrical equipment at the 96-MW Greers Ferry and 112-MW Beaver hydroelectric projects in Arkansas.

Konecranes wins benchmark crane order from BC Hydro


BC Hydro has purchased two 575-ton turbine hall cranes and one 30-ton construction crane from Konecranes America for its Mica hydropower station.

Alstom delivers world's first self-closing electronic ring gate system to Ahai hydro project in China


China-based Tianjin Alstom Hydro Co. Ltd. has delivered the world's first self-closing electronic ring gate control system to the Ahai hydropower station in China, Alstom reported.

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03/01/2011 British Columbia enters historic agreement with St'át'imc

Philippines to establish dam monitoring automation


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Philippines will establish the automation of the regulation and monitoring of dams' operations as well as upgrade the National Water Information Network, the department announced.

ABB to equip Canada hydropower project


ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, will supply mechanical, electrical and automation equipment for Yukon Energy Corporation's Mayo B hydroelectric project, located on the Mayo River, in the Yukon, Canada.

Alstom to supply hydropower equipment, services for Arkun hydro plant in Turkey


Enerjisa Power Generation Company, a joint venture of Turkish Sabanci Holding and AustrianVerbund, signed a contract with Alstom to supply, erect and commission the electro-mechanical equipment for the Arkun hydropower plant on the Coruh River in Turkey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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