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Hydro turbine manufacturer Turab celebrates expansion


Hydro turbine manufacturer Turab celebrated an expansion to its headquarters with a number of guests from around the globe, the Swedish company reported.

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Boosting Hydro Capacity through Refurbishments


By David Appleyard
A swathe of new refurbishment projects looks set to boost hydropower capacity worldwide and extend the life of existing assets.

Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future


A notable anniversary is upon us, for it is 100 years since the Austrian scientist Viktor Kaplan developed his eponymous turbine, having been granted Austrian patent no. 74244 for his design in 1913.

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EnBW, EDF celebrate completion of 148-MW run-of-river hydropower project


More than 200 representatives from Germany and France gathered this past week to mark the completion of the 148-MW Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim hydropower plant.

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Albion invests in Scottish 2 MW small hydropower plant


United Kingdom-based Albion Ventures has invested US$15 million into energy developer Green Highland Renewables for a new 2 MW micro hydropower project near Loch Carron in Scotland.

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Iberdrola completes work on Europe's largest pumped-storage project


An inauguration ceremony earlier this week marked the completion of Europe's largest pumped-storage hydropower project.

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Scottish Water selects Black & Veatch for hydroelectric power retrofit program


Black & Veatch has been selected by Scottish Water to help develop hydroelectric power generating capabilities at a number of the utility's raw water and treated potable water locations.

Italian province seeks electro-mechanical equipment for 4.19-MW Belfiore hydro project


Verona's municipal utility seeks bids to supply and install electro-mechanical equipment for the 4.19-MW Belfiore hydroelectric project in Belfiore, Verona Province, Italy.

French agency seeks three micro-hydro plants on Rhone-Rhine canal


The governing council of France's Haut-Rhin Department seeks bids to supply and install three micro-hydro plants on the Rhone-Rhine canal in France's Alsace Region.

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Voith supplies hydro turbines for three European projects


Voith has completed work at a pair of Austrian hydroelectric projects and received an order for another in Norway, the international manufacturer announced.

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Alstom, GDF Suez teaming up for tidal energy proposal


Engineering company Alstom and French utility GDF Suez will work together in developing a proposal for a tidal energy research project in France, per an agreement signed in Paris earlier this week.

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Switzerland's SBB AG awards contract for small hydropower plant overhaul


Gebruder Meier of Switzerland has won a contract worth US$1.61 million to overhaul two generator units at the 7.6-MW Massaboden small hydropower plant.

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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