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Scottish Renewables Hydropower Event

Scottish Renewable to celebrate hydroelectric power's history

05/01/2013

Scottish Renewables is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Scotland's Hydro-Electric Development of 1943 with a special event to be held in Perth on May 8.

What Drives Pumped Storage Development in Europe and the USA?

05/01/2013

By Richard K. Fisher, Jiri Koutnik, Lars Meier, Verne Loose, Klaus Engels and Thomas Beyer Pumped-storage development in Europe has been taking off as power producers seek to complement wind and solar energy sources. By contrast, the abundance of natural gas and differences in politics and infrastructure have slowed similar development in the USA.

Pushing Europe's Pumped Storage Potential

05/01/2013

An assessment of the potential for Europe to develop additional hydro pumped storage has revealed that there are opportunities to increase the region's pumped storage capacity by a factor of 10.

Austria utility seeks steel for weir, headrace of 89-MW Inn hydro plant construction

04/30/2013

Austria utility Verbund seeks bids to supply hydraulic steel for the weir and headrace of the 89-MW Inn hydro plant construction on the Inn River on the border of Austria and Switzerland.

Spain water company seeks micro-hydro turbines for canal sites

04/26/2013

Spanish water system operator Canal de Isabel II Gestion S.A. seeks bids to supply, operate, and maintain micro-hydro turbines at four installations on the Canal de Isabel in Spain.

Poland utility seeks bids to refurbish 2.422-MW Bobrowice 1 mini-hydro project

04/23/2013

Polish utility Tauron Ekoenergia sp. z.o.o. seeks bids to refurbish the 2.422-MW Bobrowice 1 mini-hydro project on Poland's Bobr River.

Contract awarded for Kamyk turbine-generator unit rehab work

04/22/2013

A CZK$94.5 million (US$4.76 million) contract has been awarded to CKD Blansko Engineering a.s. to refurbish a turbine-generator unit at the 40-MW Kamyk plant in the Czech Republic.

French owner seeks operation, maintenance of 60-MW Villerest Dam

04/18/2013

Loire River dams owner Etablissement Public Loire (EPL) seeks bids for operation and maintenance of 60-MW Villerest Dam on the Loire in France.

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Marine energy technology company Minesto makes Sweden's "33 List"

04/17/2013

Marine energy technology developer Minesto has been recognized as one of Sweden's hottest young technology companies.

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Hydroelectric power growing worldwide, new IHA report says

04/17/2013

A recently released International Hydropower Association report shows the past year was one that saw significant investment in hydroelectric development in all regions of the world.

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KGAL wins award for Swansea Bay tidal power design work

04/16/2013

Hydrokinetic development group Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) has selected KGAL to provide consultant services for the proposed 250-MW Swansea Bay wave energy project.

Belgium utility seeks turbine-generator replacements at 9.15-MW Andenne hydro project

04/15/2013

Belgium utility EDF Luminus nv seeks bids for replacement of two turbine-generator units at the 9.15-MW Andenne hydroelectric project on Belgium's Meuse River.

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Group seeks investors for Osney Lock micro hydro project

04/12/2013

Efforts to raise funds for a 49 kW micro hydro plant in Oxford have netted more than US$195,000 since shares in the project were first offered earlier this week, though developer West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe) said there is still work to be done.

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Voith to upgrade Rheinkratwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydropower project

04/12/2013

The Rheinkraftwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydroelectric project will soon receive a multi-million dollar modernization from Voith, according to a release from the company's Heidenheim headquarters.

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ResHydro wins Scottish grant for tidal technology development

04/10/2013

Tidal technology developer ResHydro will use a US$153,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise to establish a research operation in Glasgow.

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Siemens cuts ribbon at U.K.'s first tidal power assembly plant

04/09/2013

Global engineering and manufacturing giant Siemens has opened the United Kingdom's first tidal power assembly and production plant, which will be used to build turbine units for deployment in Wales and Scotland.

Georgia seeks bids to refurbish waterways of 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-Vardnili cascade

04/04/2013

Georgia project operator Engurhesi Ltd. seeks bids for civil works construction to refurbish waterways and to construct a new discharge channel for the 1,250-MW Enguri hydroelectric project and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia's Enguri River.

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Cemex to supply concrete for Austrian pumped-storage project

04/04/2013

International cement supplier Cemex has been selected to provide materials for Austria's 430-MW Reissek 2 pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, HydroWorld.com has learned.

Albania seeks dam safety program for three hydroelectric projects

04/02/2013

Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a dam safety program and emergency preparedness plans for the 500-MW Fierze, 600-MW Komani, and the 250-MW Vau i Dejes hydroelectric projects on Albania's Drin River.

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Sediment kills thousands of fish downstream from Switzerland's Punt dal Gall Dam

04/01/2013

Sedimentation released through the Punt dal Gall dam is being blamed killing thousands of trout and other aquatic wildlife in Switzerland's Spoel River, HydroWorld.com has learned.

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