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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.

Alstom expanding Tianjin hydro research center


Alstom's Renewable Power division is hoping to bolster its global reach by establishing a new "Global Technology Centre" at its hydro industrial facility in Tianjin, China.

Ocean Power Technologies, Lockheed Martin partnering for 19-MW wave energy plant in Australia


Ocean Power Technologies Inc. and Lockheed Martin have entered an agreement to develop a 19-MW hydrokinetic plant in Portland, Australia.

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NWPCC approves research into salmon survival

Perspectives: On a Roll


Hydropower is on a roll! The National Hydropower Association's aggressive messaging campaign over the past two years is paying off.

Hydro Research Foundation announces 10 Hydro Fellowship recipients


The Hydro Research Foundation has selected 10 recipients of Hydro Fellowships, which will allow the selected masters and doctoral level students to continue their research in the hydropower sector.

Alstom, RusHydro break ground on new manufacturing facility


Alstom and RusHydro have broken ground on a new jointly owned manufacturing plant in Ufa, Russia.

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03/01/2012 Argonne awarded $1.9 million for hydropower study

Frizell named Engineer of the Year by Reclamation


The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded its Engineer of the Year Award to the Technical Service Center's Warren Frizell.

Hydro Research Foundation accepting applications for Fellowship Program


The Hydro Research Foundation is accepting applications for its 2012 Fellowship Program.

Cherokee Nation seeks funding for hydro project's next phase


A unanimous decision by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council will allow the tribe to move forward with its proposal to construct a US$144 million hydroelectric powerhouse at the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam.

Congress commits $59 million to hydropower research and development


A bill that would significantly increase hydropower spending in the 2012 Fiscal Year has gained congressional and presidential approval, multiple sources report.

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