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Alstom, Grenoble institute launch hydraulic machines chair

10/31/2014

Hydro equipment manufacturer Alstom has joined Partnership Foundation Grenoble INP to unite research efforts of academic laboratories in Grenoble and Alstom's global technology center to develop the hydraulic machines of the future.

EU on track to meet 2020 renewable energy targets

10/28/2014

Greenhouse gas emissions within the European Union fell by almost 2% between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU close to its 2020 reduction target, according to data released this week by the European Environment Agency.

Investing in European hydropower

10/27/2014

News that a Dutch pension fund asset manager and an alternative investment manager have formed a partnership to invest a targeted €500 million in the acquisition and development of European hydro plants signals a major shift in the perception of hydropower as an investment class.

Venezuela extends call for engineering to upgrade 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydro project

10/24/2014

Venezuela utility Corporacion Electrica Nacional S.A. (Corpoelec) has extended the deadline for expressions of interest to provide engineering services for modernization of six turbine-generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela's Caroni River.

Finland firm to provide automation, electrical work to upgrade 72-MW Harjavalta hydro project

10/23/2014

Project operator Lansi-Suomen Voima Oy has awarded a contract to equipment supplier VEO to supply automation and electrical systems for upgrade of the 72-MW Harjavalta hydropower project in Finland to 110 MW.

Macedonia water agency seeks repairs, maintenance of hydropower plants

10/23/2014

Macedonia water management agency JP Strezevo seeks bids for repairs and maintenance of equipment for hydropower projects.

Schottel completes full-scale test of marine turbine in Strangford Lough

10/23/2014

German marine propulsion manufacturer Schottel has announced successful tests of a full-scale hydrokinetic turbine in Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough.

Prudential to invest in U.K.'s 320-MW Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay power project

10/21/2014

Insurer and financial services firm Prudential has agreed to become a "cornerstone investor" in the 320-MW Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay tidal power project in the Wales. 

Aquamarine Power Ltd. hires new CEO and dives into hydro technology deployment

10/21/2014

Aquamarine Power Ltd. continues its development of new hydro technology and the Edinburgh, Scotland-based wave energy company has also selected John Malcolm as its new Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO, Martin McAdam, stepped down after serving in the post since 2007.  

Swiss utility seeks turbine-generators for Serrieres hydro project

10/16/2014

Swiss utility Viteos SA seeks bids to supply turbine-generators for the Serrieres hydroelectric project on the Serrieres River at Neuchatel.

Austria utility completes rehabilitation of 12.62-MW Opponitz hydropower project

10/16/2014

Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH has completed rehabilitation of the 90-year-old, 12.62-MW Opponitz hydroelectric project on Austria's Ybbs River.

MHK technology developer Minesto honored with WWL Orcelle Award

10/14/2014

Marine energy technology developer Minesto AB was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) Orcelle Award at the Ocean Exchange's recent conference in Savannah, Ga.

Austria firms to sell stake in developer Energy Eastern Europe Hydro Power

10/13/2014

Vienna utility Wien Energie GmbH and its Austrian partners invite expressions of interest to purchase from 49 percent to 100 percent of Balkans hydropower developer Energy Eastern Europe Hydro Power GmbH.

Formal opening set for Georgia's 87-MW Paravani hydroelectric project

10/13/2014

Energy officials from Georgia and Turkey were to be on hand for the formal opening of the 87-MW Paravani hydroelectric project, being completed by Turkey's Andalou Group on Georgia's Paravani River.

Small Hydro

10/10/2014

The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from September-October 2014

Tech Notes

10/10/2014

Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Lessons Learned: Spurious SCADA

10/10/2014

George was annoyed. Almost every hydroelectric power project he had worked on over the past 20-odd years experienced problems with the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, always detected when the system was being commissioned.

Advances in Sealing Systems for Water Turbines

10/09/2014

How advanced sealing systems reduce operations and maintenance headaches

World News

10/08/2014

News on the global hydroelectric industry from September-October 2014

Viewpoint: Editor's note on the growth in renewable capacity

10/08/2014

More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources, and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56% of all net additions to global power capacity.


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