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Information on technology developments, contract awards, plant rehabilitation, small hydro development and more in Europe.

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Tocardo Tidal Turbine

Tidal energy turbine manufacturer Tocardo acquires Swanturbines


Hydrokinetic technology developer Tocardo Tidal Turbines has reached an agreement to acquire Swanturbines Intellectual Property, the Dutch company announced this week.

World Bank releases Alstom from debarment


The World Bank Group has removed Alstom SA from debarment after the bank's Integrity Compliance Office determined the company fulfilled conditions for its release.

German marine hydrokinetics subsidiary appoints new Managing Director, tests new SIT


Earlier this February, Schottel Group appointed Niels Alexander Lange, 36, as managing director for its subsidiary, Schottel Hydro GmbH. Schottel Group is headquartered in Spay, Germany, and Schottel Hydro focuses on developing marine hydrokinetic power generation systems.  

154-MW Koepchenwerk II pumped-storage plant

Study concludes hydroelectric pumped-storage development should expand in Germany


On Feb. 13, at Voith Hydro’s headquarters in Heidenheim, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, company officials met with Roderich Kiesewetter to discuss findings from a study it commissioned on the priority of expanding pumped-storage development. Kiesewetter, a member of the German Bundestag (parliament), visited the Brunnenmühle research and development center at Heidenheim -- Voith’s main hydro division -- to learn about “utilizing regional know-how for the expansion of pumped-storage power plants." 

Scate Automation SAS wins bid for 9-MW Naussac hydropower plant control overhaul


Scate Automation SAS has been awarded a US$711,243 contract to modernize the command control system at the 9-MW Naussac hydropower plant in France's Loire River Basin.

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from January-February 2015

France's VNF awards contract for Plancher-Bas Dam rehabilitation


France's navigable waterways agency, Voies Navigables de France (VNF), has awarded a contract to the consortium Groupement Peduzzi/Rouby/Gomez to rehabilitate the Plancher-Bas Dam on the Rahin River in France.

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

A Decade of Sustainable Hydropower Development – What Have We Learned?


The way the World Bank Group approaches hydropower has changed and the lessons learned from this re-engagement are informing those undertaking large projects – especially in emerging economies.

Add It Up: The Cost of Renewable Energy


Setting aside environmental concerns, investing in renewable energy sources is a popular decision for businesses and governments around the world. What's the outlook for renewable energy and which methods have the lowest costs? The Online Accounting Schools explore.

Guidance and Sage Advice Exist for Dam Design and Construction


Processing important aspects of dam-related modeling means using a computer and hard-earned work experience.

Upgrading Two Pumped Storage Plants to Variable Speed


Two French pumped storage hydropower plants of a similar vintage and sharing some design features - but with specific hydraulic design requirements - are being upgraded, one to variable speed. Work so far suggests that such a conversion is an effective approach.

Siemens, HR Wallingford announce dam safety technology partnership


Siemens UK has entered into a strategic partnership with civil engineering firm HR Wallingford to develop new monitoring tools for dams and flood defense infrastructure.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from January-February 2015

Viewpoint: Scaling Hydropower Development for Success from Mega to Micro


Scaling hydropower development for success from mega to micro Two recent news items have highlighted the breadth of hydropower development and its role in supporting clean and sustainable energy.

Construction begins on two Scottish small hydropower projects


Work on pair of new small hydropower plants on Scotland's Glenfalloch Estate represents a significant step in achieving the National Park Partnership Plan's 2012-2017 renewable energy goals, according to the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park (LL&TTNP).

French hydro utility seeks rehabilition of Balme de Rencurel Dam


Electricite de France (EDF) seeks bids for reinforcement of Balme de Rencurel Dam in France by grout injections and other civil rehabilitation work.

Andritz, GE receive contract for 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project


A consortium that includes General Electric and Andritz Hydro has been selected by developer Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay PLC (TLSB) as the preferred bidder for the supply of electromechanical equipment for the proposed 320-MW Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in Wales.

Vattenfall liquidating wave energy joint venture


Swedish utility Vattenfall and marine energy technology manufacturer Pelamis Wave Power have announced that they will liquidate a company formed to develop a project off Scotland's Shetland Islands.

Orenco Hydropower hires European representative

Pellettieri joins ORENCO Hydropower as European development manager


Luciano Pellettieri will serve as European Business Development Manager for ORENCO Hydropower.

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