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Scottish energy ministry approves 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project


Plans for the 600-MW Choire Ghlais pumped-storage hydropower project have been given the go-ahead by Scottish Minister of Energy Fergus Ewing, opening the door for a plant that could eventually supply as much as 10% of the country's peak electricity demand.

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French utility seeks hydraulic oil systems for 100 hydropower plants


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids to supply and install hydraulic oil stations and related equipment to 100 hydropower plants throughout France.

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EMEC director honored for renewable energy contributions


Scottish Renewables has awarded Neil Kermode, managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), with an award for the "Outstanding Contribution" to the renewable energy industry during a recent ceremony.

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Latvia seeks turbine controls for 868-MW Plavinas hydro project


State utility Latvenergo AS seeks bids to replace turbine controls at the 868.5-MW Plavinas hydroelectric project on Latvia's Daugava River.

A hydropower engineer walks into a bar…


When the owner of a pub in the United Kingdom needed a way to provide electricity for its operations that relied on renewables rather than fossil fuel, hydroelectric power became the answer. How fun is that?!

Renewable energy strike prices do not aid marine energy development in UK


Revised renewable energy strike prices are causing frustration for Scotland’s Orkney Islands Council after special rates are denied for wave and tidal infrastructure off the coast of Scotland. 

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French utility seeks construction of 3.2-MW Encombres hydroelectric project


Local utility Synergie Maurienne seeks bids to construct the 3.2-MW Encombres a Saint Martin la Porte hydroelectric project on Bonrieu Creek in France's Savoy Region. 

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Wave power developer Minesto honored at international conference


Swedish marine energy developer Minesto was recently given the Industry Pioneer Award at the International Tidal Energy Summit in London for its work in developing the "Deep Green" power plant.

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Norway city seeks dam safety work at Benna Dam hydropower project


The municipality of Trondheim seeks bids to perform dam safety civil work at its Benna Dam hydropower project.

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Alstom wins contract for Iveland 2 hydropower plant expansion


Alstom Hydro has been awarded a contract worth US$24.4 million by Agder Energi for upgrades to the Iveland 2 hydropower plant.

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Belgium region seeks management tools for waterways, hydropower system


The integrated hydrologic management agency of Belgium's Wallonia Region seeks bids to provide and maintain operational tools to manage flows of waterways and the hydropower system in the region.


UNIDO, ICSHP release comprehensive small hydropower study


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the China-based International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have collaborated to produce a new global assessment of small hydropower capacities and potential.

Pumped storage in the spotlight


I have always found pumped-storage hydropower to be a fascinating technology.

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Austria railway seeks hydro turbine overhauls at Lassach hydro project


Austrian railway company Oesterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) seeks bids for hydro turbine overhauls at its Lassach hydroelectric project on Austria's Mallnitzbach Stream.

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Gajek Engineering wins contract for Bobrowice 1 micro hydro plant rehab


Polish utility Tauron Ekoenergia sp. z.o.o. has awarded a US$7.6 million contract to Gajek Engineering sp. z.o.o. for the refurbishment of the 2.422-MW Bobrowice 1 micro hydro project.

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French town seeks installation of Roche Corbiere micro-hydro project


The town of Saint-Etienne seeks bids for installation of the Roche Corbiere micro-hydro project at a pressure break in the municipality of Rochetaillee, France.

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Atlantis Resources acquires 398-MW MeyGen tidal energy array


Tidal technology and project developer Atlantis Resources Limited has acquired the 398-MW MeyGen array.

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Minesto's ocean energy unit produces power off Northern Ireland


A Minesto "Deep Green" ocean energy generating unit is now producing power in the waters off Northern Ireland, marking the first time a system designed for low velocity currents has produced electricity at sea, the company said.

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International Hydropower Association announces new president, vice presidents


The International Hydropower Association's board selected a new president and vice presidents during a recent three-day meeting in London.

Austria utility seeks tunnel rehab at 9.58-MW Opponitz


Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH seeks bids for tunnel rehab at the 9.58-MW Opponitz hydroelectric project on Austria's Ybbs River.

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