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Afghans seek spare parts, consumables for 100-MW Naghlu hydro project

12/18/2014

Afghanistan national utility Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) seeks bids to supply spare parts and consumables for the 100-MW Naghlu hydroelectric project, which is being rehabilitated on Afghanistan's Kabul River.

US$2.24 trillion for green bonds coincide with standards for marine hydrokinetic risk management

12/17/2014

Standards and transparency. Managers who oversee trillions of investment dollars now have similar goals with those who are dedicated to marine hydrokinetic (MHK) development from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Alstom, GDF Suez selected for pilot Raz Blanchard tidal energy project

12/11/2014

Engineering company Alstom and French utility GDF Suez have been selected to equip a pilot tidal energy farm at Raz Blanchard, which is located near the port of Cherbourg in France's Lower Normandy region.

Turkey seeks ODA funding for pumped-storage hydroelectric project at 278-MW Gökçekaya Dam

12/09/2014

Turkey seeks an official development assistance (ODA) loan package after agreeing with findings from Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) site study that a variable speed pumped-storage power plant development is needed at Gökçekaya Dam in the province of Eskisehir, Turkey.

Czech utility extends bidding for turbine-generator overhaul at 120-MW Lipno 1 hydro project

12/09/2014

Czech utility CEZ a.s. has extended the deadline for bids for mechanical overhaul of turbine-generator TG1 at the 120-MW Lipno 1 hydroelectric project on the Vlatava River in the Czech Republic.

Flow Science Inc. consults for Minerva Dynamics in virtual reality of marine hydrokinetics

12/08/2014

On Dec. 4, Flow Science Inc. announced it has an agreement with Minerva Dynamics to help Minerva’s clientele solve complex fluid dynamic issues, which include marine hydrokinetics, by using computer-generated virtual reality.  

Researching a path to more efficient and effective hydropower

12/05/2014

An insight into the advanced engineering that lies behind modern hydropower was afforded by a recent visit to the Alstom R&D centre in Grenoble in the Rhône-Alpes region, not far from the Swiss border with France.

Conference program now available for HydroVision Russia

12/05/2014

The conference program for the HydroVision Russia event is now available on the website.

Command, control systems sought for six French hydro projects

12/04/2014

Hydropower engineer Hydrostadium seeks bids to renovate the command and control systems of six hydroelectric projects operated by Electricite de France on the lower Maulde River in France.

Owner of Welsh pumped-storage hydroelectric plant seeks to increase capacity by 50 MW

12/04/2014

Internal stakeholders for the US$155.5 million Glyn Rhonwy pumped-storage hydroelectric plant have sent a revised request to the UK Planning Inspectorate to increase output of the powerhouse by 50 MW. 

Finnish energy company Fortum OYJ to purchase stake in Russia hydro plants

12/02/2014

Fortum OYJ, Finland’s largest utility company, is planning to expand its hydro portfolio by purchasing additional shares of hydro plants from Russia’s Territorial Generating Co. No. 1 (TGC-1). The purchase is part of the TGC-1 restructuring plan being implemented through a signed protocol that includes Fortum, Gazprom Energoholdings and Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp.  

FloWave, Scottish marine hydrokinetics facility earns “Green” accolade

12/01/2014

A university marine hydrokinetics (MHK) facility earned Best Innovation accolades at the 2014 Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards held Nov. 27 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

Spain enters commercialization of tidal energy with US$1.2 million ATIR prototype

12/01/2014

Competition in the commercialization of tidal energy has a Spanish entrant. Magallanes Renovables SL (MRSL), based in Redondela, Galicia, Spain, deployed its US$1.2 million prototype ATIR floating turbine in sea trials, Nov. 28, at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.  

Norwegian utility issues US$110 million in green bonds to spark hydroelectric market growth

11/26/2014

Long-term investments are the norm when it comes to hydroelectric projects and Nord Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk Energi AS (NTE) is maintaining the status quo. On Nov. 19, the Steinkjer, Norway-based utility issued US$110 million in green bonds to refinance four hydroelectric projects it purchased in 2004.

Siemens announces plan to exit marine power sector

11/25/2014

Technology and equipment giant Siemens AG has decided to sell its tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines Ltd., citing slow development in the marine and hydrokinetics sector.

Italian utility awards lots to outfit four micro hydro projects

11/24/2014

Municipal water supplier Romagna Acque-Societa delle Fonti S.p.A. has awarded contracts for the supply of turbine-generators and other equipment at four micro-hydroelectric power projects in Italy.

Serbia extends call for electro-mechanical equipment to refurbish eight small hydro projects

11/24/2014

Serbia utility Elektroprivreda Srbije has extended the deadline for bids to supply and install electro-mechanical equipment for reconstruction of eight small hydroelectric projects totaling 9.79 MW.

Marine hydrokinetics company Pelamis Wave Power falls into “administration”

11/24/2014

Blair Nimmo and Gary Fraser of KPMG have been appointed as joint administrators of Pelamis Wave Power, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pelamis officials announced Nov. 21 the wave energy company has been unable to secure additional funding required for further development of Pelamis’ wave energy technology.

Spain basin agency seeks dam safety studies of nine dams

11/24/2014

The agency governing water resources of Spain's Tajo River Basin seeks bids to perform dam safety studies of nine dams and reservoirs on three Spanish rivers.

Happy consumption from hydro

11/21/2014

Hydro. For me, beginning work in October as an associate editor in the Hydro Group at PennWell Corp. was truly an immersion into Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide.

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