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Kevin Mulligan: Graduating Fellow of the Hydro Research Foundation

04/20/2015

Kevin Mulligan graduated last month from University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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HydroVision International 2015 keynote speakers announced

04/17/2015

The organizers of HydroVision International 2015 are pleased to announce three keynote speakers confirmed for the opening session of the upcoming conference and exhibition.

EPRI names board chair

Quinones elected chair of Electric Power Research Institute

04/17/2015

Gil C. Quinones has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute.

CDA forms working group

Canadian Dam Association forms working group to address dam design and construction

04/16/2015

The Canadian Dam Association has created a Working Group on Design and Construction to address the issues of design and construction of dams and how the subject is covered by the current Dam Safety Guidelines and associated Technical Bulletins.

R&D Forum

04/15/2015

Research reports and study findings related to hydropower

Tool to Predict TDG for the Columbia River Basin

04/14/2015

The authors propose a simplified method for determining total dissolved gas (TDG) uptake at hydropower facilities on the Mid-Columbia River.

Marine energy sector continues growing worldwide, despite economic setbacks

04/14/2015

A report released recently by the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems shows that the marine and hydrokinetic sector moved closer to commercial viability through 2014.

Small hydro project approved for Liberia

Agreement signed to develop small hydroelectric plant in Liberia

04/14/2015

Hummingbird Resources has signed a collaboration agreement to begin planning and developing a small hydroelectric plant in southeast Liberia.

Funding for hydropower technology research

U.S. government funding available for low-impact hydropower technology R&D

04/10/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced a $7 million funding opportunity titled Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development.

New NHA member is integral to marine hydrokinetic testing

04/07/2015

A new National Hydropower Association (NHA) member is becoming an increasingly key component in the quest to develop viable marine hydrokinetic systems. 

Tech Notes

04/06/2015

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Integrated Modeling Technology -- Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Return on Hydro

04/06/2015

The International Energy Agency predicts hydropower capacity doubling to 2000 GW by 2050 and, whilst the opportunities are great, development of hydropower undoubtedly poses complex challenges and risks.

Signing agreement to advance marine hydrokinetics

Europe, Japan partner to support development of marine and hydrokinetic energy

04/06/2015

To help support the development of marine renewables in Japan, and to stimulate further collaboration between Japan and Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre has become a member of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NaMICPA).

U.S. seeks firms to assess turbine runner design for 603-MW Ice Harbor hydro project

04/06/2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform biological assessments of new turbine runner designs at the 603-MW Ice Harbor Dam hydroelectric project based on computational fluid dynamic model outputs.

British Columbia unveils zebra, quagga mussel defense plan

04/01/2015

British Columbia has increased its efforts to protect itself against invasive zebra and quagga mussels, launching a new US$1 million program aimed at early detection and rapid response to sightings within the province.

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NHA adds Rep. Tonko, White House adviser Dorgelo to annual conference keynote

03/27/2015

The National Hydropower Association is pleased to announce the addition of Congressman Paul Tonko and White House adviser Cristin Dorgelo as speakers during the upcoming NHA Annual Conference, making the event's opening plenary session a can't-miss opportunity.

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DOE, Army, Interior extend partnership for hydroelectric power development

03/25/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works have announced that the trio will extend their partnership to advance hydroelectric power development for an additional five years, extending an agreement that stems to March 2010.

Salmon study results

2014 record year for Columbia River salmon, concerns raised

03/25/2015

Salmon returns in the Columbia River, counted at Bonneville Dam, were the largest in 2014 than in any year since 1938, when fish counting began at the site, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

EMEC collaboration gives wave and tidal energy tech developers free opportunity to test components

03/24/2015

A collaboration between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is giving wave and tidal energy technology developers an opportunity to test their components for free.

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HydroVision International 2015 early bird discounts available now

03/23/2015

HydroVision International 2015 is still more than three months away, but it isn't too soon to save on registrations for the world's largest hydroelectric power event.

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