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Matthew Erdman: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


The Hydro Research Foundation is actively supporting graduate students to conduct research related to conventional and pumped storage hydropower. These students are funded through the Department of Energy’s Water Power Program and industry partners through a two-year, $1 million grant.

Teledyne BlueView, EIVA release underwater imaging software


Underwater imaging technology manufacturer Teledyne BlueView and engineering company EIVA have released a new scanning system designed to quickly assess underwater surfaces.

DOE selects 20 teams to advance in Wave Energy Prize program


The U.S. Department of Energy has pared a list of 92 entrants to just 20 in the first round of its Wave Energy Prize program.

Hydropower plant owners, operators encouraged to submit nominations for 2015 Projects of the Year Awards


The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines are now accepting nominations for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.

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Heller named to EPRI board of directors


Thomas J. Heller, chief executive officer of Missouri River Energy Services, has been appointed as interim director on the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute.

Kelly Kozdras: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


U.S. seeks firms to study salmon survival through new-design turbines at 603-MW Ice Harbor hydro project


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to characterize fish passage environment and to perform acoustic telemetry evaluation of juvenile salmon survival through new-design turbine runners at the 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam hydroelectric project.

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Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Flow Tests Lead to Increased Efficiencies and Benchmark Measurements


Measuring water flow to generating units at the 1,520-MW Manic-5 powerhouse, with the goal of maximizing unit efficiency, is a monumental task but the long-term benefits could help Hydro-Quebec customers and establish industry-wide benchmarks.

Viewpoint: Hydropower Storage: The Key to Pumping up the Global Renewable Energy Rollout


More than half of all the new global hydropower capacity added in 2014 was in China. According to a new International Hydropower Association (IHA) briefing, some 21.25 GW of new hydropower was installed in China that year.

Hydroelectric power represented well in new bipartisan Senate bill


Bipartisan energy legislation submitted to the U.S. Senate yesterday includes an extensive section that explicitly defines hydroelectric power as a renewable, while also improving on existing hydropower regulation.

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Canadian provinces sign MOU to develop marine renewable energy


The Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia have signed a memorandum of understanding covering marine renewable energy.

HydroVision International 2015 sets new attendance record


This year's HydroVision International, currently under way in Portland, Ore., has bested its own record with more than 3,800 attendees representing 60 countries from around the globe.

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Industry leaders urge hydroelectric power advocacy in new film


The world's largest gathering of hydroelectric power professionals is now under way in Portland, Ore., and industry leaders from around the globe are using the four-day conference and exhibition to encourage the sector to spread awareness about hydropower's many virtues.

Kim Ogren: Graduating Researcher of the Hydro Research Foundation


Kim Ogren is a PhD candidate in Geography at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and graduating in July. Her studies focus on improving water governance decision-making processes.

More than 90 teams enter U.S. DOE's Wave Energy Prize program


The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 92 teams from industry and academia to compete in its Wave Energy Prize program that seeks to encourage the development of wave energy conversion devices

Turkey seeks hydropower project efficiency studies


Turkey's energy ministry invites expressions of interest from consultants to assess energy efficiency of hydropower generating facilities in Turkey. 

Reclamation, New Mexico State partner for UAV dam safety program


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced a partnership with New Mexico State University to develop a dam inspection program that uses unmanned aircraft systems.

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Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine and hydrokinetic test bed EMEC announces restructuring


The European Marine Energy Centre has announced its intention to restructure following a year of change in the global wave and tidal energy market.

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