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Russian, Canadian companies agree to hydropower technology research collaboration


Hydroelectric project operator Hydro-Quebec and Russian power company EuroSibEnergo have signed a two-year agreement to cooperate on hydropower generation and transmission research and development projects.

French hydro operator seeks dam reinforcement at 45-MW Seyssel hydro project


Hydropower utility Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) seeks bids to reinforce the dam of the 45-MW Seyssel hydroelectric project on France's Rhone River.


Lucid Energy receives Israeli crowd-funding to expand hydro turbine operation


Renewable power developer Lucid Energy has received funds from an Israeli crowd-funding to expand its in-conduit hydro turbine operation to foreign shores, has learned.


ESHA kicking off small hydro campaign with dinner


The European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) is launching a new campaign it hopes will increase micro hydropower development with an event called "Getting to Know Small Hydropower" later this month.

Bosnia to seek bids to refurbish 9.4-MW Una, construct 20-MW Vranduk hydro projects


Utility Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and Herzegovina plans to seek bids to refurbish the 9.4-MW Una hydroelectric project and to construct the 6.4-MW Una Annex and 20-MW Vranduk hydroelectric projects.

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Alstom marine energy turbine produces power


An Alstom tidal turbine has successfully begun producing power at Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) test site, the company has announced.

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UK marine energy parks agree to landmark collaboration


A milestone agreement announced today will see two of the United Kingdom's marine energy parks work together to support the development of the U.K.'s wave and tidal industry, has learned.

Swiss rail system seeks hydropower equipment for 200-kW Sedrun small hydro


Switzerland's AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. seeks bids to supply hydropower equipment for the 200-kW Sedrun small hydro project in the Swiss Alps.

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Marine energy developer wins grant for project development


Wave energy technology developer MeyGen Ltd. has been awarded a capital grant worth about US$15 million by the United Kingdom's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to further develop a tidal power demonstration array.

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Repack-S announces joint sealing system with hydro mechanical applications


Hydro mechanical parts manufacturer Repack-S has announced a new on-site joint sealing system for large hydropower equipment.

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Kazakhstan announces plan for hydro project, renewable development


Kazakhstan will soon benefit from more than 200 MW of additional installed capacity produced by 17 new hydropower projects, according to a report produced by country's Ministry of Industry and New Technology.

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Hydroplant operator RusHydro announces consolidations, objectives for 2013


Russian hydropower project operator JSC RusHydro has announced that it will reorganize the company's hydro engineering operations by consolidating its three subsidiaries into a unified operation.

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Scottish micro hydro project developers charged with destroying mussel habitat


Developers of a 1.5 MW mini hydro project in a Highland Perthshire glen are facing fines up to US$245,000 for killing a protected species and causing long-term environmental damage to Scotland's River Lyon.

Iceland utility seeks transformers for 270-MW Burfell hydro project


Iceland utility Landsvirkjun seeks bids to supply generator step-up transformers for the 270-MW Burfell hydroelectric project on the Thjorsa River in southern Iceland.

French engineer seeks equipment rehab at 7.9-MW Chavaroche hydropower project


Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium invites applications for pre-qualification to replace three turbines and foot valves and to renovate generators of the 7.9-MW Chavaroche hydroelectric project on France's Fier River.

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Voith completes training in IHA's environmental management protocol


More than two dozen Voith Hydro employees have completed training in the International Hydropower Association's environmental management program, has learned.

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Polish utility awards contract for hydro control & automation system


Energotest Sp zo.o. of Poland has won a US$1.8 million contract from Energa Hydro to supply a computer monitoring and operating system for the 160.2-MW Wloclawek Dam hydroelectric plant.

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EBRD loans to finance Armenian rehabilitation projects


The European Bank for Reconstruction Development (EBRD) has announced a US$25 million loan that will help fund International Energy Corporation (IEC) rehabilitations of seven hydropower projects in Armenia's Sevan-Hrazdan Cascade.

Swiss seek intake, fish passage equipment to expand 93-MW Lavey hydropower project


The city of Lausanne seeks bids to supply hydro-mechanical equipment for a new intake and fish passage as part of an expansion of the 93-MW Lavey hydroelectric project in Switzerland.

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Meggitt announces improvements to hydro turbine monitoring products


Improvements to its Vibro-Meter proximity measuring system products will give users longer lasting and more reliable sensors for hydro turbine monitoring, manufacturer Meggitt Sensing Systems said.

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