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Hydro Research Foundation seeks applications for graduate-level awards program


The Hydro Research Foundation has opened its call for applications for its 2014 Research Award Program, with applications due March 16, 2015.

U.S. seeks commodity agreements for hydro projects in Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply six types of construction commodities under blanket purchase agreements for hydroelectric projects in the Corps' Walla Walla District.

Czech utility extends bidding for turbine-generator overhaul at 120-MW Lipno 1 hydro project


Czech utility CEZ a.s. has extended the deadline for bids for mechanical overhaul of turbine-generator TG1 at the 120-MW Lipno 1 hydroelectric project on the Vlatava River in the Czech Republic.

Flow Science Inc. consults for Minerva Dynamics in virtual reality of marine hydrokinetics


On Dec. 4, Flow Science Inc. announced it has an agreement with Minerva Dynamics to help Minerva’s clientele solve complex fluid dynamic issues, which include marine hydrokinetics, by using computer-generated virtual reality.  

Toshiba merging North American hydroelectric power branch


Global technology conglomerate Toshiba Corporation has announced it will "reinforce its power systems business" by merging its three North American businesses into a new company, including its hydroelectric power and thermal arm.

Russia again extends call for system integrator for hydrometeorological modernization


The Russian Federation again extended the deadline for expressions of interest from consultants to act as system integrator for its second national Hydromet modernization program.

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Researching a path to more efficient and effective hydropower


An insight into the advanced engineering that lies behind modern hydropower was afforded by a recent visit to the Alstom R&D centre in Grenoble in the Rhône-Alpes region, not far from the Swiss border with France.

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Conference program now available for HydroVision Russia


The conference program for the HydroVision Russia event is now available on the website.

R&D Forum


Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Tech Briefs


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Sticky Wickets: Modifying Operation of a Pumped-Storage Project


Installation of two pumped-storage turbines at Salt River Project's (SRP) Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa pumped-storage powerhouses increased each facility's generating capacity and efficiency but resulted in rough operation when the units were run too far off their best efficiency point (BEP).

Method for Assessing and Selecting New Small Hydro Technology


With significant development potential available at small run-of-river sites and non-powered dams in the U.S., the authors propose a software program to help interested parties choose the best type of technology to install at these sites.

Historic Stevens Creek Facility Adapts to a Century of Change


The 18.8-MW Stevens Creek facility has operated reliably since it was commissioned in 1914, despite a host of changes. This historic plant is the newest inductee into the Hydro Hall of Fame and stands as a testament to the enduring nature of hydro projects.

Perspectives: The Importance of Telling Hydro's Story


In October 2014, at the HydroVision Brasil event in Sao Paulo, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) held a hydropower briefing.

Canada utility seeks hydropower equipment health assessments


Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks proposals for engineering consulting services to perform equipment health rating assessments of the utility's hydroelectric facilities in British Columbia.

American Babbitt delivers two bearings for Bonneville hydropower project rehab


West Virginia-based manufacturer American Babbitt Bearing has completed and delivered two turbine guide bearings for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' First Powerhouse and Bonneville Dam.

Command, control systems sought for six French hydro projects


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to renovate the command and control systems of six hydroelectric projects operated by Electricite de France on the lower Maulde River in France.

U.S. extends, to revise switchyard upgrade tender for 320-MW Fort Randall Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a revised solicitation package and again extended the bidding deadline for a switchyard upgrade at the 320-MW Fort Randall hydroelectric project on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Canada utility seeks transformers for 180-MW Bridge River 1, other facilities


Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to supply transformers to various BC Hydro facilities including the 180-MW Bridge River 1 hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

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Spain enters commercialization of tidal energy with US$1.2 million ATIR prototype


Competition in the commercialization of tidal energy has a Spanish entrant. Magallanes Renovables SL (MRSL), based in Redondela, Galicia, Spain, deployed its US$1.2 million prototype ATIR floating turbine in sea trials, Nov. 28, at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.  

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