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Information on technology developments, contract awards, plant rehabilitation, small hydro development and more in Europe.

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Enel Green, 40South Energy prepare to deploy ocean power unit off Italian coast

06/21/2013

Renewable energy company Enel Green Power and hydrokinetic developer 40South Energy have begun installing a 100 kW wave energy unit in the sea near Punta Righini.

Bosnia seeks design to refurbish, expand 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydro project

06/21/2013

Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform preliminary design to refurbish the 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydro project and to construct the 6.4-MW Una Kostela Annex in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Alstom, RusHydro extend joint venture for Kubansky hydropower project modernizations

06/21/2013

Energy developer RusHydro and manufacturer Alstom have signed two agreements extending their joint venture, AlstomRusHydroEnergy LLC, for the reconstruction and upgrade of the Kubansky cascade hydroelectric project in southern Russia.

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Statkraft, Norfund restructuring emphasizes hydroelectric power development

06/20/2013

Utility company Statkraft and the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) have signed an agreement expressing the group's intention to restructure and prolong their cooperation within renewable energy -- particularly as it pertains to hydroelectric power.

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Italy hydro operator seeks turbine-generators for 2.6-MW Fontanamora

06/20/2013

Italian hydropower utility Edison S.p.A. seeks bids to supply two turbine-generators and other equipment for the 2.6-MW Fontanamora hydroelectric project to be built in Bagolino, Italy.

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Contract awarded for rehab work at Poland's 160.2-MW Wloclawek hydropower project

06/18/2013

Polish water manager Regionalny Zarzad Gospodarki Wodnej w Warszawie (RGZW) has awarded a contract worth US$17.5 million to Przedsiebiorstwo Robot Inzynieryjnych POL-AQUA SA for rehabilitation and repair of the 160.2-MW Wloclawek Dam on Poland's Vistula River.

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Statkraft prepares for Devoll hydroelectric project construction

06/17/2013

Norwegian utility Statkraft A.S. has announced its intent to begin construction on the Devoll hydroelectric complex in Albania, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Ukraine seeks turbine-generator repairs, control upgrade for 444-MW Kaniv hydro project

06/14/2013

PJSC UkrHydroEnergo seeks bids for turbine-generator repairs and control upgrade at the 444-MW Kaniv hydroelectric project on Ukraine's Dnieper River.

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Hydroelectric power back on political agenda as Central Europe floods

06/13/2013

There was an extra level of excitement and anticipation at the Renewable Energy World Europe and Power-Gen Europe Conference and Exhibition in Vienna last week.

European bank seeks consultants for Kazakhstan renewable energy development plan, including hydro

06/13/2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advance a renewable energy development plan in Kazakhstan that includes hydropower.

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Facebook "likes" hydroelectric power

06/12/2013

A new 290,000-square-foot data center built by Facebook is run entirely on hydroelectric power, the social media giant has announced.

French waterways agency seeks inspection, monitoring of dams, reservoirs

06/12/2013

France's navigable waterways agency seeks bids for inspection and monitoring of dams and reservoirs on the Bourgogne, Briare, and Centre canals in France.

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Europe has potential to increase pumped-storage capacity tenfold, JRC says

06/11/2013

Research conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) suggests that Europe's current pumped-storage capacity could be increased as much as 10 times with the proper scenarios in place.

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RusHydro takes control of environmental sustainability organization

06/11/2013

Russian hydropower project operator and energy giant RusHydro has assumed chairmanship of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), per proceedings at the organization's annual summit this past week.

Albania seeks bids for Murriz Thana Dam rehabilitation project

06/11/2013

Albania's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection seeks bids for a rehabilitation project to refurbish Murriz Thana Dam in Fier/Shegan, Lushnje Fier, Albania.

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European Small Hydropower Association invites industry to participate in EU's Sustainable Energy Week

06/07/2013

Members of the hydropower industry are hoping to use the European Union's upcoming Sustainable Energy Week to draw attention to hydroelectric policy and regulation.

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Rehab contract awarded for France's 2-MW Bimont micro hydro project

06/07/2013

Tractebel Engineering SA has been awarded a US$438,390 contract to supervise renovations and foundation drainage of the 2-MW Bimont micro hydroelectric plant.

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Flooding continues in central Europe

06/06/2013

Flooding in south-eastern Europe has pushed hydropower development and its role in managing water flows to the top of the political agenda this week. With multiple deaths reported, the Danube, the Elbe and other major rivers in the region have seen Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic all affected by rising water levels. 

Swiss railway seeks generator overhaul at 7.6-MW Massaboden hydro project

06/05/2013

A unit of Swiss federal railway SBB AG seeks bids for generator overhaul of two units of the 7.6-MW Massaboden hydroelectric project on the Rhone River in Switzerland.

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Central Europe's dam, hydropower project operators coping with floods

06/04/2013

Utilities are being forced to shutter their hydropower projects and dams are proving ineffective as central Europe has been facing its worst flooding in decades.

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