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

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David Appleyard

Weather watching


GCube, the renewable energy sector insurance underwriter, has launched a new Weather Risk Transfer mechanism to provide renewable energy project owners with a means to mitigate the financial impact of resource volatility. In this case the product covers wind and rain – or perhaps more accurately, a lack thereof.

Hydroelectric power, other renewables emphasized at G20 summit


A meeting of Group of Twenty energy ministers in Istanbul earlier this month affirmed a collective belief in renewable energy -- including hydroelectric power -- amongst the major economies that constitute the international forum.

Reimelt new president of GE Power Conversion

GE names Reimelt president, CEO of Power Conversion business


Stephan Reimelt has been appointed president and chief executive officer of GE’s Power Conversion business, succeeding Joe Mastrangelo, who becomes president and CEO of Power Generation Products for GE Power & Water. 

World’s largest 5-turbine tidal array installed in the Oosterschelde barrier, The Netherlands


The Netherlands’ Den Oever-based Tocardo Tidal Turbines has installed its commercial demonstrator 1.2-MW tidal array of five T2 turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Oosterschelde barrier) in the Netherlands. At a cost around US$12.4 million, Tocardo said this installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

France's CNR seeks underground conduit, penstocks for Sarenne hydro project


Compagnie Nationale du Rhone (CNR) seeks bids to construct underground conduit and structures and penstocks for the Sarenne hydropower project in France. 

KIC InnoEnergy makes its largest-ever single investment: US$3.84 million to MHK developer Minesto


On Sept. 25, marine hydrokinetic (MHK) company Minesto announced it received a US$3.84 million capital investment from KIC InnoEnergy (KIC IE), making it the largest-ever single investment by KIC IE in the MHK energy market.  

Subsea cables installed for 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project


The principal contractor hired by Atlantis Resources Ltd., James Fisher Marine Services Ltd., successfully laid four subsea cables on Sept. 21 at the planned 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project located in the Inner Sound development zone of Scotland's Pentland Firth. 

IHA new officers

International Hydropower Association announces new leadership


Ken Adams has been re-selected president of the International Hydropower Association, and other leaders were announced during the first meeting of the new board.

The Crown Estate launches small-scale MHK leasing program


The Crown Estate, one of the largest property owners in the United Kingdom, has launched a program of offshore leasing for small-scale marine hydrokinetic (MHK) testing and demonstration projects less than 3 MW. 

Marine Hydrokinetics


News related to the worldwide marine hydrokinetics industry from September-October 2015

Small Hydro


The latest news on global small hydroelectric facilities from September-October 2015

Case Study: Energy Production Forecast for Run-of-River Plants


The authors share information on a tool developed to assist in energy production at run-of-river hydro plants.

Winding up hydro with composite shaft bearings


A new hydrodynamic hybrid bearing and shaft seal has been launched into the hydropower sector by Wärtsilä. The bearing is manufactured from fibre and epoxy-based composite materials.

SHARE: A Framework for Sharing the Water in a Hydro Resevoir


Hydropower is at the heart of the water-energy-food nexus. Developing hydropower projects that incorporate catchment areas and several purposes must be done equitably and involve internal and external stakeholders. Although benefits can conflict at times, they are also often complementary.

World News


News on the global hydroelectric industry from September-October 2015

Viewpoint: The Most Sustainable Development


New analysis reveals that the climate targets so far submitted to the United Nations by governments worldwide will lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C.

Dams and Civil Structures


The refurbishment work recently completed on Hydro Tasmania’s Rowallan Dam won the utility a Tasmanian Project of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Tech Notes


Collection of articles related to hydropower technology

Science fiction enthusiast thinks “astro-hydroelectric” generation could power settlers


Oh baby! Envision 400 years in the future in which there is peaceful co-existence on Earth between humans and sentient mechanical life forms.  

Minesto Deep Green units

Marine energy technology company Minesto names new CFO, COO


Marine energy developer Minesto announces that Fredrick Ahlstrom is chief financial officer, taking the place of Charlotta Ekman, who is now chief operating officer.