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Hydroelectric power back on political agenda as Central Europe floods


There was an extra level of excitement and anticipation at the Renewable Energy World Europe and Power-Gen Europe Conference and Exhibition in Vienna last week.

European bank seeks consultants for Kazakhstan renewable energy development plan, including hydro


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invites expressions of interest from consultants to advance a renewable energy development plan in Kazakhstan that includes hydropower.

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Facebook "likes" hydroelectric power


A new 290,000-square-foot data center built by Facebook is run entirely on hydroelectric power, the social media giant has announced.

French waterways agency seeks inspection, monitoring of dams, reservoirs


France's navigable waterways agency seeks bids for inspection and monitoring of dams and reservoirs on the Bourgogne, Briare, and Centre canals in France.

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Europe has potential to increase pumped-storage capacity tenfold, JRC says


Research conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) suggests that Europe's current pumped-storage capacity could be increased as much as 10 times with the proper scenarios in place.

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RusHydro takes control of environmental sustainability organization


Russian hydropower project operator and energy giant RusHydro has assumed chairmanship of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), per proceedings at the organization's annual summit this past week.

Albania seeks bids for Murriz Thana Dam rehabilitation project


Albania's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection seeks bids for a rehabilitation project to refurbish Murriz Thana Dam in Fier/Shegan, Lushnje Fier, Albania.

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European Small Hydropower Association invites industry to participate in EU's Sustainable Energy Week


Members of the hydropower industry are hoping to use the European Union's upcoming Sustainable Energy Week to draw attention to hydroelectric policy and regulation.

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Rehab contract awarded for France's 2-MW Bimont micro hydro project


Tractebel Engineering SA has been awarded a US$438,390 contract to supervise renovations and foundation drainage of the 2-MW Bimont micro hydroelectric plant.

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Flooding continues in central Europe


Flooding in south-eastern Europe has pushed hydropower development and its role in managing water flows to the top of the political agenda this week. With multiple deaths reported, the Danube, the Elbe and other major rivers in the region have seen Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic all affected by rising water levels. 

Swiss railway seeks generator overhaul at 7.6-MW Massaboden hydro project


A unit of Swiss federal railway SBB AG seeks bids for generator overhaul of two units of the 7.6-MW Massaboden hydroelectric project on the Rhone River in Switzerland.

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Central Europe's dam, hydropower project operators coping with floods


Utilities are being forced to shutter their hydropower projects and dams are proving ineffective as central Europe has been facing its worst flooding in decades.

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Andritz modernizations increasing output at Ybbs-Persenbeug hydro project


Austrian energy provider Verbund has awarded Andritz Hydro a contract to modernize the 236-MW Ybbs-Persenbeug hydropower project.

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U.K. marine energy developer moving to Isle of Wight


Wave power developer Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has relocated its offices and workshops from London to the north coast on the Isle of Wight, has learned.

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German hydro project design firm changes name


German hydro project design firm Hydroprojekt Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (HPI) has announced that it will begin operating under the new name Lahmeyer Hydroproject GmbH.

Swiss seek to refurbish anti-corrosion coatings at 290-MW Fionnay hydro project


Contractor Hydro Exploitation SA seeks bids to refurbish anti-corrosion coatings on metalwork on units of the 290-MW Fionnay hydroelectric project, a development of Switzerland's 2,099-MW Cleuson-Dixence hydroelectric complex.

Belgium utility again seeks turbine-generators at 9.15-MW Andenne hydro project


Belgium utility EDF Luminus nv has renewed a call for bids for replacement of two turbine-generator units at the 9.15-MW Andenne hydroelectric project on Belgium's Meuse River.

Iraq seeks compressor, electrical equipment for 415-MW Dokan hydro project


The government of Iraq seeks bids to supply air compressor parts and transformer electrical equipment for the 415-MW Dokan hydroelectric project on Iraq's Lesser Zab River.

Slovenia developer seeks hydro turbine-generators for 41.5-MW Brezice


Slovenia hydropower developer Hidroelektrarne na Spodnji Savi (HESS d.o.o.) seeks bids to supply three hydro turbine-generators and other equipment for the 41.5-MW Brezice hydroelectric project on Slovenia's Sava River.

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Gilkes outfits micro hydro project in Scotland


A micro hydro project developed by Gilkes Energy Ltd. and a Scottish family is now producing energy.

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