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U.S. seeks PIT tag suppliers for Northwest fish passage research


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest from firms to supply large quantities of passive integrated transponder tags for fish passage research by the Corps Northwestern Division's Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program.

Pakistan seeks bathymetric equipment for underwater surveying of Punjab State dams


The Irrigation and Power Department of Pakistan's Punjab State seeks bids to supply bathymetric equipment for underwater surveying in reservoirs of dams in Punjab State.

Geotechnical survey sought by U.S. at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform geotechnical survey work at 810-MW Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

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AfDB finances Kholombidzo hydropower project feasibility study


A US$2.04 million grant approved this week by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) will allow developers to conduct feasibility studies for the Kholombidzo hydroelectric project.

Malawi seeks more consultants for Shire River control, management program


Malawi has issued additional solicitations for consultants for a series of river control and management tasks under its Shire River Basin Management Program.

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World's largest hydroelectric power event to feature ocean/tidal/stream power track


HydroVision International 2013 -- the world's largest conference and exhibition devoted to the hydroelectric power industry -- will feature an entire seven-session panel presentation track covering the ocean/tidal/stream power market.

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Tanzanian college to offer hydroelectric power courses


An agreement between the Arusha Technical College (ATC) and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) will allow ATC to become the first institution in Africa to offer practical training in fields pertaining to the hydroelectric power industry.

Hidrolitoral announces studies for two new hydropower projects


Ecuadorian hydropower developer Hidroenergetico del Litoral (Hidrolitoral) will soon begin design studies for a pair of new hydroelectric projects, has learned.

Bank seeks Drina River control, management, including hydro, in Balkans


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to support water resources management in the Drina River Basin of the Balkans.

Angola seeks specs for river basin hydro-meteorological stations


Angola's Ministry of Energy and Water invites expressions of interest from consultants to prepare bills of quantities and specifications to install or refurbish hydro-meteorological stations and associated equipment in river basins in Angola.

U.S. BPA invites energy research proposals to improve Northwest system


The Bonneville Power Administration's Technology Innovation Office invites proposals for energy research to develop technologies to improve operation of the hydropower-based electric system in the Pacific Northwest.

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Reclamation begins dam safety evaluations at Montana's Clark Canyon Dam


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will conduct an exploratory drilling program at Montana's Clark Canyon Dam in Montana as part of its ongoing dam safety analysis program, has learned.

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Alberta committee prepares report on hydro development


A report produced by the Alberta Legislature's Resource Stewardship Committee could help increase hydroelectric power in the northern part of the province, has learned.

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Uppsala University deploys experimental tidal stream power turbine


Scientists from Uppsala University have installed a new tidal turbine in the Dalalven River that the institute said is the first of its kind.

Total dissolved gas monitoring sought at three U.S. Northwest hydro projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to perform total dissolved gas and temperature monitoring at three hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River Basin.

Russian, Canadian companies agree to hydropower technology research collaboration


Hydroelectric project operator Hydro-Quebec and Russian power company EuroSibEnergo have signed a two-year agreement to cooperate on hydropower generation and transmission research and development projects.

U.S. seeks 50,000 PIT tags for fish passage studies in Columbia hydropower system


The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks bids from small businesses to supply 50,000 passive integrated transponder tags for use in fish passage studies in the federal Columbia River Basin hydropower system.

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UK marine energy parks agree to landmark collaboration


A milestone agreement announced today will see two of the United Kingdom's marine energy parks work together to support the development of the U.K.'s wave and tidal industry, has learned.

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NWPCC approves study of fish tagging program

Optimizing Plant Operations: What Can We Learn from Drunken Kangaroos?


Hydroelectric facility managers often struggle to develop flow release schedules that provide low-cost electricity while also preventing long-term damage to the downstream river. Use of a simulated annealing optimization process at Glen Canyon Dam has the potential to restore the local environment while actually increasing revenue from generation by 2%.

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