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


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

Bosnia seeks management consultants for 20-MW Vranduk hydropower development project


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina invites expressions of interest from consultants to assist project preparation and management of the 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric development project in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Turboatom completes work at Kakohvka hydropower plant


Rehabilitation and upgrade work at the Ukraine's Kakhovka hydropower plant is now complete, according to hydroelectric equipment manufacturer Turboatom.

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Voith Hydro signs deal to modernize four Norwegian hydropower projects


Voith Hydro has signed a US$12.9 million deal with Norwegian power provider Statkraft to modernize six turbines at four hydroelectric projects.

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New FiT band benefits small hydro development in U.K.


Small hydropower project developers are hopeful that the 100-500 kW hydro band introduced earlier this month to the United Kingdom's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme will help stimulate renewable production growth.

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IHA, hydroelectric power sector observe U.N.'s World Water Day


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is calling upon the hydroelectric power sector to use World Water Day as an opportunity to extol the virtues of hydropower as a means of managing water resources throughout the world.

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Albania approves concessions for 127.6 MW Shala River hydropower project


Power developer Shala Energy sh.p.k. has signed a concession agreement with the Republic of Albania's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energyto develop a 127.6 MW hydroelectric project on the Shala River.

Bank seeks consultants for Caucasus energy program including hydro


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from firms to serve as project consultant and verification consultant for a sustainable energy financing program in Caucasus nations that includes hydropower.

Bank seeks Drina River control, management, including hydro, in Balkans


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to support water resources management in the Drina River Basin of the Balkans.

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EBRD agrees to finance two Bosnian small hydropower projects


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan worth US$46.4 million for the construction of Bosnia's 20-MW Vranduk and expansion of the 9.4-MW Una Kostela hydropower plants.

Hydropower's Positive European Outlook


European electricity generator trade group Eurelectric, together with the Hydro Equipment Association (HEA) and European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), have issued a new fact sheet on hydropower because, they believe, its key role as an enabler of the transition to clean renewable power remains insufficiently understood among Brussels-based policy makers.

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Statkraft buys EVN AG's share in Devoll hydropower project


Austrian energy group and hydro project operator EVN AG has agreed to sell its 50% share in Devoll Hydropower ShA to Norwegian utility Statkraft A.S.

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Wave energy developer Scotrenewables receives new ABB loan


International power and technology group ABB has announced a new US$12 million investment in hydrokinetic energy developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power, has learned.


RusHydro, Voith partnering for new hydro turbine manufacturing venture


JSC RusHydro has signed an agreement with Voith Hydro, creating a new hydro turbine manufacturing joint venture to be called VolgaHydro LLC.

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TES VSETIN, Nord Hydro partnering for micro hydro development


Czech hydro turbine manufacturer TES VSETIN and Russian power company Nord Hydro have signed an agreement of cooperation for the renovation and construction of a number of small hydroelectric projects.

France's CNR renews call for 700-kW fishway generator at 60-MW Sauveterre hydro project


Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) has renewed a call for bids to supply hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment for a fish passage structure and 700-kW mini-hydro plant at the 60-MW Sauveterre hydropower project on France's Rhone River.

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Sauer Compressors ideal for hydropower project use, company says


Sauer Compressors offers a range of compressor models that have a number of applications at hydropower projects.

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Uppsala University deploys experimental tidal stream power turbine


Scientists from Uppsala University have installed a new tidal turbine in the Dalalven River that the institute said is the first of its kind.

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MCT's SeaGen tidal turbines to begin onshore testing at Narec


The United Kingdom's National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) will soon serve as the test site for a hydrokinetic turbine developed by Siemens-owned Marine Current Turbines.

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