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R&D Forum

07/31/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Flow Tests Lead to Increased Efficiencies and Benchmark Measurements

07/30/2015

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

07/27/2015

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

07/23/2015

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

07/21/2015

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

07/16/2015

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

07/15/2015

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

07/09/2015

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

07/08/2015

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

07/07/2015

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

07/06/2015

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.

R&D Forum

06/29/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Marine and hydrokinetic test bed EMEC announces restructuring

06/16/2015

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

DCNS, Chilean government sign joint statement for marine and hydrokinetic research

06/12/2015

An agreement signed by Chilean and French officials in Paris this week will help Chile develop its Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC).

Ocean Renewable asks extension of FERC pilot license for 300-kW Cobscook Bay Tidal project

06/12/2015

Ocean Renewable Power Co. has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a two-year extension of its hydrokinetic pilot project license for the 300-kW Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy project in Maine.

French utility seeks studies, monitoring for hydropower engineering, mechanics

06/05/2015

Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to provide studies and site monitoring in the fields of civil engineering and mechanics for hydroelectric projects.

U.S. again extends station service bidding for 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam hydro project

05/26/2015

The Bureau of Reclamation again extended the deadline for bids to replace a station service substation and related equipment at the 27-MW Anderson Ranch Dam hydro project in Idaho. 

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Hydro Research Foundation announces 2015 class of researchers

05/22/2015

The Hydro Research Foundation has released its list of researchers for 2015.

R&D Forum

05/20/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

An Approach Developed for Fatigue LIfe Estimation of Penstock Tie Rods

05/19/2015

Additional inspection methodologies are now available for use in the hydroelectric industry resulting from a study on tie rod threaded connections' fatigue life performed in penstock bifurcations at Hoover Dam.

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