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Guidance and Sage Advice Exist for Dam Design and Construction


Processing important aspects of dam-related modeling means using a computer and hard-earned work experience.

Upgrading Two Pumped Storage Plants to Variable Speed


Two French pumped storage hydropower plants of a similar vintage and sharing some design features - but with specific hydraulic design requirements - are being upgraded, one to variable speed. Work so far suggests that such a conversion is an effective approach.

Nominate your plant for the 2015 Hydro Hall of Fame


The editors of Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide are pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Hydro Hall of Fame.

Siemens, HR Wallingford announce dam safety technology partnership


Siemens UK has entered into a strategic partnership with civil engineering firm HR Wallingford to develop new monitoring tools for dams and flood defense infrastructure.

Vietnam developer seeks bids to equip, construct 17-MW Ban Ang hydro project


Vietnam hydropower developer Nam Mo & Nam Non Hydropower Joint Stock Co. seeks bids to supply turbine-generators and other equipment and to complete construction of the 17-MW Ban Ang hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

Hydraulic engineer Sweeney wins NWHA award

Sweeney named recipient of NWHA’s annual Pamela E. Klatt Award


Charles “Chick” Sweeney, P.E., senior technical fellow with Alden, has been named recipient of the Pamela E. Klatt Award, given by the Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA).

Hydropower by the Numbers


The staggering numbers in the illustration above are just the beginning of an effort to quantify the size and impact of the hydro industry in the U.S. and Canada. Pretty impressive, huh?

U.S. seeks unit circuit breakers at 2,078-MW Hoover Dam


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for unit circuit breakers and associated equipment for 2,078-MW Hoover Dam in Arizona and Nevada.

U.S. Reclamation seeks firms for engineering support for hydro projects, infrastructure


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to provide civil, mechanical and electrical engineering professional services to support work at hydroelectric plants and other infrastructure throughout the Reclamation system.

Get a sneak peek into the world's largest hydroelectric power event


The hydroelectric power sector is dynamic, and so is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to hydropower.

U.S. seeks HVAC upgrades for 402-MW Dworshak hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to upgrade the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the 402-MW Dworshak Dam hydroelectric project in Idaho.

Andritz, GE receive contract for 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project


A consortium that includes General Electric and Andritz Hydro has been selected by developer Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay PLC (TLSB) as the preferred bidder for the supply of electromechanical equipment for the proposed 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in Wales.

Vattenfall liquidating wave energy joint venture


Swedish utility Vattenfall and marine energy technology manufacturer Pelamis Wave Power have announced that they will liquidate a company formed to develop a project off Scotland's Shetland Islands.

Corps seeks firms for hydropower electrical-mechanical engineering in eastern U.S.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on small businesses able to perform electrical and mechanical architect-engineer services for hydropower and other projects in the Corps' Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

NHA Past Presidents' scholarship applications due February 16


The deadline to submit an application for the National Hydropower Association's 2015 Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program is approaching, with all submissions due Monday, February 16.

Inspector: FERC policies to protect sensitive grid information were 'severely lacking'


The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General has issued a report concluding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately protect the security of electric grid vulnerability analyses to prevent them falling into the wrong hands.

Alstom teams up with Atlantium for invasive species prevention technology


Global manufacturer Alstom has signed a bilateral agreement with Israel's Atlantium Technologies Ltd. to expand the use of an ultraviolet (UV) ray water treatment process in its hydropower equipment.

U.S. extends bidding for turbine cavitation repair at 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for bids for turbine cavitation repair at the 58-MW Clarence Cannon Dam hydroelectric project in northeast Missouri.

Transitions in Hydro-Quebec’s leadership and vacancy at a key managerial position signal change for the hydropower giant


Two of Hydro-Quebec’s top leadership positions and a high-profile managerial assignment will each change. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President Thierry Vandal, Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Secretary General Marie-José Nadeau and Georges Abiad, project manager of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), are transitioning away from the Canadian government-owned utility. 

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