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Study detailing U.S. hydrokinetic potential released


A report examining the potential for American hydrokinetic development has been completed, has learned.

Linke to take over as Hydro Research Foundation executive director


The Hydro Research Foundation's Board of Directors has selected Deborah Linke as its new executive director.

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Testing reveals promise of silicon foul release coatings

Malawi seeks feasibility study of 175-MW Fufu


Malawi's energy ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a feasibility study of the 100- to 175-MW Fufu hydroelectric project on the South Rukuru River.

Niger seeks study of 125-MW Kandadji, electricity system


The government of Niger invites expressions of interest to develop a master plan for Niger's electricity system and exploitation of the proposed 125-MW Kandadji hydroelectric project on the Niger River.

Eastern Nile agency seeks Baro-Akobo-Sobat study, including hydro


The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a multi-purpose water resources development study of the Baro-Akobo-Sobat sub-basin, including potential hydroelectric projects.

Water resources engineering sought for Corps Great Lakes, Ohio area


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks water resources engineering services for projects in its Great Lakes and Ohio River Division of the eastern United States.

Hydrographic data collection sought for U.S. Rio Grande region


The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids for hydrographic data collection services primarily on the middle Rio Grande in New Mexico.

EPRI selects Southern Company's Crosswhite for Board of Directors


The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has appointed Mark Crosswhite, chief operating officer of Southern Company, as a member of its Board of Directors.

Electrical engineer sought for U.S. Corps cost center


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District seeks an electrical engineer to work in the district's National Cost Center of Expertise for Civil Works.

Zimbabwe, Zambia seek studies of 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge


The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) invites expressions of interest in performing a feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessments for the 1,600-MW Batoka Gorge hydroelectric project on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Corps awards contract for Northwestern environmental evaluations


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a US$5 million contract to Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc. for environmental services, sediment sampling and analysis in western Washington, western Oregon and southeastern Alaska.

FORCE invites proposals for additional developer in Minas Passage


Tidal energy testing is increasing in the Bay of Fundy, with Energy Minister Charlie Parker inviting a fourth tidal energy developer to contribute to the testing efforts in the Bay of Fundy.


French utility seeks inspection, monitoring of Vieux Pre pumped-storage


Utility Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to perform inspection and monitoring of the dam of the 11.8-MW Vieux Pre pumped-storage project in the Meurthe et Moselle Department of eastern France.

Ecuador seeks study of expanded 25-MW Ocana 2 project


Ecuador's investment agency invites expressions of interest from consultants to conduct feasibility studies of the 25-MW Ocana 2 hydroelectric project on Ecuador's Canar River.

Earthquakes still causing concern for Vietnam's 190-MW Song Tranh 2


Fallout from last week's earthquakes near Vietnam's Song Tranh 2 hydroelectric plant continues as both scientists and engineers work to quell concerns caused by the 190-MW project.

Seattle City Light biologist selected for salmon recovery advisory group


Ed Connor, an aquatic biologist from Northwestern utility Seattle City Light, has been selected for the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, has learned.

New construction materials consulting group ready for debut


Scott C. Nichols Consulting Group LLC has opened in Tucson to provide construction materials testing and inspection services to major dam projects across the globe, has learned.

El Salvador seeks study of 17-MW Ilopango-Aguacayo


Ingendehsa S.A. de C.V. seeks proposals from U.S. firms to perform a feasibility study of the 17-MW Ilopango-Aguacayo hydroelectric project on El Salvador's largest natural lake, Lake Ilopango.

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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