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Construction of 7.5-MW Glasa hydropower project to proceed


Utility company SSE plc has confirmed it will proceed in constructing the 7.5-MW Glasa hydroelectric plant, has learned.

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EDF announces distribution of Ventyx software to entire hydropower project fleet


An enterprise license agreement signed by Electricite de France (EDF) and software developer Ventyx will allow for the deployment of Ventyx's enterprise asset management (EAM) program across at hydropower projects across France.

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Scottish Renewable to celebrate hydroelectric power's history


Scottish Renewables is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Scotland's Hydro-Electric Development of 1943 with a special event to be held in Perth on May 8.

Pushing Europe's Pumped Storage Potential


An assessment of the potential for Europe to develop additional hydro pumped storage has revealed that there are opportunities to increase the region's pumped storage capacity by a factor of 10.

What Drives Pumped Storage Development in Europe and the USA?


By Richard K. Fisher, Jiri Koutnik, Lars Meier, Verne Loose, Klaus Engels and Thomas Beyer Pumped-storage development in Europe has been taking off as power producers seek to complement wind and solar energy sources. By contrast, the abundance of natural gas and differences in politics and infrastructure have slowed similar development in the USA.

Austria utility seeks steel for weir, headrace of 89-MW Inn hydro plant construction


Austria utility Verbund seeks bids to supply hydraulic steel for the weir and headrace of the 89-MW Inn hydro plant construction on the Inn River on the border of Austria and Switzerland.

Spain water company seeks micro-hydro turbines for canal sites


Spanish water system operator Canal de Isabel II Gestion S.A. seeks bids to supply, operate, and maintain micro-hydro turbines at four installations on the Canal de Isabel in Spain.

Poland utility seeks bids to refurbish 2.422-MW Bobrowice 1 mini-hydro project


Polish utility Tauron Ekoenergia sp. z.o.o. seeks bids to refurbish the 2.422-MW Bobrowice 1 mini-hydro project on Poland's Bobr River.

Contract awarded for Kamyk turbine-generator unit rehab work


A CZK$94.5 million (US$4.76 million) contract has been awarded to CKD Blansko Engineering a.s. to refurbish a turbine-generator unit at the 40-MW Kamyk plant in the Czech Republic.

French owner seeks operation, maintenance of 60-MW Villerest Dam


Loire River dams owner Etablissement Public Loire (EPL) seeks bids for operation and maintenance of 60-MW Villerest Dam on the Loire in France.

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Marine energy technology company Minesto makes Sweden's "33 List"


Marine energy technology developer Minesto has been recognized as one of Sweden's hottest young technology companies.

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Hydroelectric power growing worldwide, new IHA report says


A recently released International Hydropower Association report shows the past year was one that saw significant investment in hydroelectric development in all regions of the world.

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KGAL wins award for Swansea Bay tidal power design work


Hydrokinetic development group Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) has selected KGAL to provide consultant services for the proposed 250-MW Swansea Bay wave energy project.

Belgium utility seeks turbine-generator replacements at 9.15-MW Andenne hydro project


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

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Group seeks investors for Osney Lock micro hydro project


Efforts to raise funds for a 49 kW micro hydro plant in Oxford have netted more than US$195,000 since shares in the project were first offered earlier this week, though developer West Oxford Community Renewables (WOCoRe) said there is still work to be done.

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Voith to upgrade Rheinkratwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydropower project


The Rheinkraftwerk Albbruck-Dogern hydroelectric project will soon receive a multi-million dollar modernization from Voith, according to a release from the company's Heidenheim headquarters.

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ResHydro wins Scottish grant for tidal technology development


Tidal technology developer ResHydro will use a US$153,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise to establish a research operation in Glasgow.

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Siemens cuts ribbon at U.K.'s first tidal power assembly plant


Global engineering and manufacturing giant Siemens has opened the United Kingdom's first tidal power assembly and production plant, which will be used to build turbine units for deployment in Wales and Scotland.

Georgia seeks bids to refurbish waterways of 1,250-MW Enguri, 245-Vardnili cascade


Georgia project operator Engurhesi Ltd. seeks bids for civil works construction to refurbish waterways and to construct a new discharge channel for the 1,250-MW Enguri hydroelectric project and the 245-MW Vardnili hydropower cascade on Georgia's Enguri River.

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Cemex to supply concrete for Austrian pumped-storage project


International cement supplier Cemex has been selected to provide materials for Austria's 430-MW Reissek 2 pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, has learned.

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