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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.

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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.

Dutch pension fund invests in hydroelectric power development

11/21/2014

The Dutch General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP) has closed an investment that will give it a 33% stake in Norwegian hydropower project operator Tinfos AS from French mining group Eramet.

U.K. seeks energy specialists, including hydropower, marine energy

11/21/2014

The United Kingdom seeks proposals from energy technical specialists, including specialists in hydropower and marine energy, to participate in a framework agreement to help carry out energy and climate change policies.

Isle of Man prepares for marine hydrokinetic development

11/21/2014

Manx Tidal Energy Ltd. and Tocardo Tidal Energy Ltd. have been selected by the Isle of Man, located in the British Isles, to provide tidal energy development as part of the government’s Vision2020 Plan. 

Serbia seeks inventory of small hydropower projects, sites

11/18/2014

The government of Serbia invites applications for pre-qualification to perform an inventory of small hydropower projects and sites as the Balkan nation seeks to construct 180 MW in new small hydro projects by 2020.

IHA calls for candidates for Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower

11/17/2014

The International Hydropower Association is now accepting proposals for candidates for its 2015 Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower.

Voith hydro turbine photo wins press competition

11/14/2014

The above photograph of a Francis hydro turbine runner being manufactured by Voith was declared the winner of the PR Bild Award for Germany. 

Bucher appointed CFO of electricity provider Alpiq

11/13/2014

Thomas Bucher will become chief financial officer of Swiss electricity provider Alpiq in April 2015. Bucher also replaced Patrick Mariller as a member of the company’s executive board.

Austria utility seeks construction of 16.3-MW Graz hydropower project

11/13/2014

Austria regional utility Energie Steiermark seeks bids to construct the 16.3-MW Graz hydropower project on Austria's Mur River.

Small hydro project begins operating in Scotland

11/12/2014

The 450-kW Callander Community Hydro Ltd. project is now operating near the town of Callander in Scotland. 

BlueTEC hydrokinetic device set for tests in The Netherlands

11/11/2014

A 200-kW prototype of the hydrokinetic Bluewater Tidal Energy Converter (BlueTEC) floating platform is scheduled for deployment in early 2015 to test harvesting energy from the Wadden Sea, near Texel Island in The Netherlands. If successful, testing the BlueTEC platform may provide a means to deliver tidal energy devices to remote locations worldwide.  

Tocardo signs deal for 28 MW marine power project off South Korean coast

11/11/2014

South Korean developer Ekornergy has signed an agreement with Dutch manufacturer Tocardo Tidal Turbines for the installation of a 28 MW marine power project.

EBRD arranges financing for Georgia's 108-MW Dariali hydroelectric plant

11/10/2014

The European Bank for Reconstruct6ion and Development has arranged a US$80 million syndicated loan to JSC Dariali Energy for the development, construction and operation of the 108-MW Dariali hydropower plant.

Equipment supplier ABB recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator

11/10/2014

ABB, an equipment supplier to the hydroelectric power market, has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s top 100 innovators for a third year.

IHA issues call for proposals to revise GHG Reservoir Screening Tool

11/10/2014

A call for proposals has been issued by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to revise the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reservoir Screening Tool, a living document first conceptualized in 2006. 

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