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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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Westberg joins marine power group Minesto


Marine power technology developer Minesto has appointed Dr. Heije Westberg as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the Swedish company announced.

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Alstom tidal turbine reaches production milestone


An Alstom tidal turbine has reached its full nominal output capacity of 1 MW after a series of gradual increases in power, the company said.

Alstom sells Bilbao mining parts operation to focus on hydroelectric power technology


Alstom has announced it has sold its ring motors operation in Bilbao, Spain, to ABB in order to focus on activities directly related to hydropower projects, the global manufacturing giant said in a statement.

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Alstom announces US$260 million in new European, Asian contracts


Alstom has been awarded a number of contracts for projects in Turkey and Albania, the French hydroelectric power equipment manufacturer has announced.

New EIB guidelines could benefit hydropower projects, technology


A set of guidelines recently adopted by the European Investment Bank could benefit the development of hydroelectric power as the lending institution reinforced its support for European renewable and energy efficiency investments.

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HydroVision Russia 2014 accepting abstracts through August 2


The advisory board of HydroVision Russia is now accepting abstracts for the 2014 conference program.

German utility seeks to expand upper, lower reservoirs of 1,050-MW Markersbach pumped-storage


Vattenfall Europe Generation AG seeks bids for construction to expand the upper and lower reservoirs of the 1,050-MW Markersbach pumped-storage project on Germany's Mittweida River.

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Romanian utility sells 14 small hydropower projects


Romania's Hidroelectrica has sold 14 micro hydropower projects in an effort to consolidate its operations, the state-owned utility has reported.

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Hydropower project operator files complaint with EC over Swedish taxation


European utility Fortum has filed a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that the Swedish government is applying a selective tax on hydroelectric power.

Bank seeks small hydro projects design review on Bosnia's Neretva River


The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to review preliminary design of small hydro projects proposed for the Upper Neretva River in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Experts to discuss wave energy industry at upcoming event


As marine hydrokinetic technologies continue moving from concept to commercial viability, an international panel of experts is convening in Denver, Colo., to discuss this emerging sector of the hydropower industry.

Expansion complete at Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project


Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project is now in full operation, following the installation of a new turbine by utility Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (EnBW).

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Pentland Firth's ocean power capacity less than initially thought, Oxford study says


Hydrokinetic resources in Scotland's Pentland Firth could eventually generate up to 1.9 GW of power, according to a new research led by Oxford University.

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Swansea Bay hydrokinetic project continues moving forward


Energy development group Tidal Lagoon Power Limited has reached a significant milestone in the development of a massive hydroelectric power project with the announcement of three design, build and deliver agreements.

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