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Marine Hydrokinetics

12/22/2014

News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from November-December 2014

Dams & Civil Structures

12/22/2014

The latest news on dams and civil structures from November-December 2014

Small Hydro

12/19/2014

The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from November-December 2014

Tech Notes

12/19/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

World News

12/19/2014

News on the global hydroelectric industry from November-December 2014

Effects of Increased Solar and Wind Energy on Hydro Plant Operation

12/19/2014

In many countries, needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led to increased installation of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar.

Preventing Problems through Past Experience

12/19/2014

With the potential for disaster at hydropower projects around the world, the lack of organized training programs becomes a prominent consideration in how companies manage their assets.

Harnessing the Hydropower Potential of an Irrigation Network in Japan

12/19/2014

The addition of hydropower generating capacity to an irrigation network in northern Japan is one step closer to completion. Several sites have been identified for the installation of VLH turbines, with a total capacity of 1.433 MW.

Viewpoint: Making MHK Commercial Means Considering Commerce

12/19/2014

Attending the Ocean Energy Europe event in Paris recently the considerable presence of developers and manufacturers signalled a long-term transformation for the sector, which - for tidal stream in particular - is now emerging as a technological reality.

EU report listing US$1.6 trillion investment opportunities may spur hydropower development

12/18/2014

A European Union (EU) report released Dec. 9, lists about €1.3 trillion (US$1.6 trillion) of potential investments across Europe that could “kick-start” ambitious plans for infrastructure development. One of the potential investments could result in an enormous pumped-storage hydro project for the Czech Republic and Austria. However, a non-governmental organization opposes the proposed 1000-MW hydropower development. 

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. 

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