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Norway seeks evaluation of national dam safety program


Norway's petroleum and energy ministry seeks bids to evaluate the government's program to assure dam safety in Norway.

Kingsbury names new managing director for European operation


Industrial manufacturer Kingsbury Inc. has announced the appointment of Dr. Morched Medhioub as managing director of its European arm, Kingsbury GmbH.

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Fortum, DCNS, AW-Energy sign agreement for wave energy project in France


A research and development agreement signed by Fortum, DCNS and AW-Energy will lead to a new 1.5 MW wave energy project off the Brittany coast in northwest France.

Albania seeks dam safety studies, gates, stoplogs for Drin River hydroelectric projects


Albania's Korporata Elektroenergjetike Shqiptare (KESH) seeks dam safety studies for the Drin River cascade of hydroelectric projects as well as spillway gates and stoplogs rehabilitation for the 500-MW Fierza, 600-MW Komani, and the 250-MW Vau i Dejes projects on the Drin.

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Hydrohrom wins small hydro upgrade contract for 132-kW Bruree project


Hydrohrom s.r.o. of Czech Republic has been awarded a US$241,660 contract by small hydro operator Bruree Hydro to replace turbine generators at the 132-kW Bruree hydropower plant on the Limerick River.

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Alstom, ScottishRenewable Power sign MOU for tidal energy project


Alstom will provide tidal power devices for an installation in the Sound of Islay, per a memorandum of understanding signed with ScottishPower Renewables this past week.

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International Hydropower Association announces new board


The International Hydropower Association has announced the results of its 2013 board elections, establishing the committee that will oversee the organization to October 2015.

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Sweden's Minesto eyes Wales for marine power installation


Marine power technology developer Minesto has identified Wales as a possible location for a full-scale deployment of its "Deep Green" generating systems.

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Welsh resources agency announces new environmental management standards


Natural Resources Wales will release a new approach to the way it assesses water availability for hydroelectric power production, the government sponsored management body announced this past week.

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Saab adds to underwater work ROV capabilities with Hydro-Lek acquisition


Hydro technology manufacturer Saab Seaeye has acquired United Kingdom-based Hydro-Lek Limited in an effort to strengthen the company's product portfolio of remotely operated, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles

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Voith announces name change for Swedish branch


Swedish hydroelectric technology group VG Power AB will now operate under the name Voith Hydro AB, effective immediately, in an effort to capitalize on Voith's established brand.

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Marine energy developer OPT expanding to offshore oil and gas sector


Wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. has been selected by Offshore Europe to launch its "PowerBuoy" generating devices into the global oil and gas sector.

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Developer receives approval for 49.4-MW Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage project


The Gwynedd Council has granted the Quarry Battery Company (QBC) planning permission to develop a 49.4-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric plant on the site of the former Glyn Rhonwy slate mine in Wales.

Viewpoints from the Board Room: Voith Hydro CEO Roland Münch


By David Appleyard
Hydropower is a modern form of energy generation with great potential for expansion, says Roland Münch with Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG. He would like to see the legal framework change to show more support of hydropower in the overall generation mix.

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Gilkes offering tours of 730-kW Frenich micro hydro project


Hydropower technology manufacturer Gilkes Hydro is giving the public an opportunity to visit the new 730-kW Frenich hydropower project.

Poland utility seeks stator cooling systems for 160-MW Wloclawek hydro project


Polish utility Energa Hydro Sp. z o.o. seeks bids to supply stator water cooling systems for the 160.2-MW Wloclawek hydroelectric project on Poland's Vistula River.

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EIB, CABEI announce Central America hydroelectric power investment program


A new joint program announced by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration will allow for hydropower project investments in six Latin American countries.

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Voith announces expansions to Kossler small hydro turbine manufacturing plant


An expansion of Voith-subsidiary Kossler GmbH & Co KG's Austrian location marks a significant investment into the future of its small hydroelectric turbine manufacturing capabilities.

Swiss school seeks professor in experimental fluid mechanics


Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) seeks an associate professor in experimental fluid mechanics with applications in energy technologies.

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