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Ocean Power Technologies preparing for next round of hydrokinetic unit testing


Hydrokinetic energy developer Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate to perform a new round of in-ocean tests with its APB-350 PowerBuoy wave energy system.

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Research indicates record salmon returns in Columbia River basin

Fish Passage: Positive Results from Fish Collection System at Round Butte Dam


Nearly 400,000 fish have migrated downstream past Round Butte Dam in Oregon since the beginning of 2010, indicating that the selective water withdrawal tower installed in the reservoir behind the dam in late 2009 has successfully restored fish passage from the Upper Deschutes River Basin.

U.S. seeks PIT tags for testing program in Pacific Northwest


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites expressions of interest in supplying passive integrated transponder tags over three years for research purposes of the Corps Northwestern Division's Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program.

Corps Cold Regions lab seeks support services


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks firms capable of providing a broad range of support services to its Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Corps Hydroelectric Design Center to seek management study


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center plans to seek bids for development of an organizational management study of restructuring the center's Generic Maintenance Team.

Nigeria seeks inventory of hydropower sites in Niger, Benue basins


Power Holding Co. of Nigeria (PHCN) invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to develop an inventory of potential hydropower project sites in the catchment areas of the Niger and Benue rivers in Nigeria.

Lucid Energy signs deal for in-pipe demonstration site


Renewable power system developer Lucid Energy Inc. has partnered with the San Antonio Water System to build a demonstration site for its LucidPipe Power System.

Alden expanding with acquisition of AECOM research facility


Alden Research Laboratory Inc. has acquired the AECOM hydraulic engineering and modeling laboratory in Redmond, has learned.

FERC seeks comment on digital information strategy


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission invites public comment on its plan for more efficient and coordinated delivery of digital information to the public.

Firms sought for hydrologic, water management at Corps projects


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on architect-engineering firms capable of providing a full spectrum of hydrologic and water management services to Corps projects in the West.

Crown Estate seeks input from hydrokinetic community


The Crown Estate is inviting members of the hydrokinetic industry to participate in an exercise that could help shape the future of wave and tidal leasing in the United Kingdom.

EPRI looking for test sites for fish-friendly Alden turbine


A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow the Electric Power Research Institute to seek an evaluation site for a new turbine.

Australian hydro producer honored for good works


Australian utility Snowy Hydro Limited has been awarded an Australian Business Award for Community Contribution in 2012.

Trelleborg hopes new awards program will inspire creativity


Industrial parts manufacturer Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is seeking submissions for its newly-launched Innovation Award.

Costa Rica seeks hydro expert to monitor studies of five projects


Costa Rica utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) seeks offers from consultants to serve as hydropower expert on a panel reviewing preparation of hydroelectric and geothermal energy projects.

Hydro-Quebec launches electric vehicle energy transfer program


Energy producer Hydro-Quebec has announced it will partner with GRIDbot Canada to develop a new bi-directional charging station for an experimental electric vehicle program, has learned.

Report shows potential for global small hydro growth, development


A new report from energy market analyst GlobalData indicates that governments around the world are beginning to see advantages of small hydropower development, has learned.

University named to develop Columbia-Snake fish passage model


The federal government has selected the University of Washington in Seattle to negotiate for continuing development of the Comprehensive Passage Model (COMPASS) simulating the migration of juvenile salmon through the Columbia and Snake river hydropower system.

Cyprus exploring hydrokinetic potential with university study


A study being conducted by the Oceanographic Centre at the University of Cyprus is causing officials to consider the potential of hydrokinetic production, has learned.

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