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HRF new small hydro research report

Hydro Research Foundation announces New Pathways for Hydropower report

02/27/2015

The Hydro Research Foundation has released a new report, called New Pathways for Hydropower: Getting Hydropower Built -- What Does It Take?

NHA Annual Conference early bird registration discount ends February 27

02/20/2015

Time is running out for National Hydropower Association members to receive a special early bird registration rate for the NHA's 2015 Annual Conference.

Tech Notes

02/17/2015

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Siemens, HR Wallingford announce dam safety technology partnership

02/16/2015

Siemens UK has entered into a strategic partnership with civil engineering firm HR Wallingford to develop new monitoring tools for dams and flood defense infrastructure.

Hydraulic engineer Sweeney wins NWHA award

Sweeney named recipient of NWHA’s annual Pamela E. Klatt Award

02/13/2015

Charles “Chick” Sweeney, P.E., senior technical fellow with Alden, has been named recipient of the Pamela E. Klatt Award, given by the Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA).

Get a sneak peek into the world's largest hydroelectric power event

02/11/2015

The hydroelectric power sector is dynamic, and so is the world's largest event dedicated entirely to hydropower.

Vattenfall liquidating wave energy joint venture

02/09/2015

Swedish utility Vattenfall and marine energy technology manufacturer Pelamis Wave Power have announced that they will liquidate a company formed to develop a project off Scotland's Shetland Islands.

NHA Past Presidents' scholarship applications due February 16

02/06/2015

The deadline to submit an application for the National Hydropower Association's 2015 Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarship program is approaching, with all submissions due Monday, February 16.

Alstom teams up with Atlantium for invasive species prevention technology

02/06/2015

Global manufacturer Alstom has signed a bilateral agreement with Israel's Atlantium Technologies Ltd. to expand the use of an ultraviolet (UV) ray water treatment process in its hydropower equipment.

U.S. DOE announces funding opportunity for renewable energy technology R&D

01/23/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a third open funding opportunity that will support up to US$125 million in research and development in a number of disciplines, including hydroelectric power.

Awards for graduate-level hydro research

Hydro Research Foundation accepting applications to Hydro Research Awards Program

01/21/2015

The Hydro Research Foundation is again accepting applications for its Hydro Research Awards Program, designed to stimulate new student research and academic interest in conventional or pumped-storage hydropower.

DOE funds US$8 million for MHK “Holy Grail,” project conception ending in commercial viability

01/21/2015

About US$8 million is available in funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies, according to a January announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy. 

HydroVision Russia 2015 keynote address must-see for all hydro industry professionals

01/16/2015

The organizers of HydroVision Russia and POWER-GEN Russia are pleased to announce the support of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Energy and other industry leaders, making the upcoming conference and exhibition an important event for all those working Russia's energy market.

R&D Forum

01/06/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Daniel Leonard: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

01/05/2015

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 five year $3.7 million dollar grant.

U.S. extends call for biological services firms for hydro projects in Northwest

12/22/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the deadline for information on firms able to provide biological services and quality assurance for its juvenile fish transportation program at five hydroelectric projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

Tech Notes

12/19/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Effects of Increased Solar and Wind Energy on Hydro Plant Operation

12/19/2014

In many countries, needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led to increased installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

2014 NHA Annual Conference

2015 National Hydropower Association Annual Conference program available online now

12/16/2014

The conference program for the 2015 National Hydropower Association Annual Conference is now available online, giving industry members a sneak peek of everything the three-day event has to offer.

Hydro Research Foundation seeks applications for graduate-level awards program

12/09/2014

The Hydro Research Foundation has opened its call for applications for its 2014 Research Award Program, with applications due March 16, 2015.

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