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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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NIEA awards contract for historic hydropower project restoration


The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has awarded a US$1.99 million contract to Farrans (Construction) Ltd. to restore a historic hydroelectric project at Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady, County Londonberry.

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Sunbury Weir micro hydro project halted by local council


Plans to install a 440 kW micro hydro project at Sunbury Weir on the River Thames have been suspended due to concerns about the developer's proposal, has learned.

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Maintpartner signs deal for Fortum hydropower plant operation


European energy producer Fortum and industrial operations service provider Maintpartner Finland have signed a three-year contract regarding Fortum's hydropower plants in the Oulujoki and Imatra regions.

French town extends bidding for micro-hydro projects on water system


The French commune of Voiron has extended the deadline for bids to supply and install two micro-hydro projects on a drinking water system.

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Fugesco, PXL Seals announce hydropower project parts supply partnership


Seal manufacturers Fugesco Inc. and PXL Seals have enterted a commercial partnership for the installation and supply of materials for hydropower projects in Europe and Canada.

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Small hydro comes to England's Blenheim Palace


England's Blenheim Palace is taking a cue from Windsor Castle in embracing small hydro power.

French town seeks micro-hydro projects on water system


The French commune of Voiron seeks bids to supply and install two micro-hydro projects on a drinking water system.

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