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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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Gilkes begins construction on Neaty small hydropower plant


Construction has begun on a 700 kW small hydropower project being developed by at Culligran Estate in Scotland's Glen Strathfarrar.

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Group receives planning approval for River Thames small hydro proposal


Councilors from the Vale of White Horse District Council have given planning approval for a small hydropower project on the River Thames.

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Alstom tidal turbine reaches milestone at European Marine Energy Centre


An Alstom tidal device installed at Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has reached a significant milestone having now supplied 100 MWh of electricity into the grid.

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Scotland's EMEC providing lessons for French wave energy developers


Officials from Basse-Normandie are hoping to use lessons learned from Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre at two ocean power pilot sites off the French coast.

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Alstom, Daido announce hydro project thrust bearing manufacturing partnership


Alstom has signed an agreement with Daido Metal for the supply of thrust bearing pad coatings, the hydro technology manufacturer announced.

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