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Albania seeks dams risk management expert for rehabilitation of 11 dams

03/30/2015

Albania's Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as dam portfolio risk management expert to review safety of 11 dams being rehabilitated and modernized in Albania's Drin-Buna and Semani river basins.

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Lockheed Martin to construct tidal turbines for Atlantis' MeyGen array

03/30/2015

Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources Ltd. has awarded a construction contract to manufacturer Lockheed Martin to deliver a 1.5 MW turbine to be used at its MeyGen site in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

Water ruminations from a hydro mindset

03/27/2015

Is water, the fuel that powers hydroelectric generation, really free? 

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Voith awarded contract for 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage plant upgrades

03/24/2015

Equipment manufacturer Voith has been awarded a contract by owner Societe Electrique de l'Our S.A. to modernize four motor-generators at the 1,045-MW Vianden pumped-storage hydropower plant in Luxemburg.

EMEC collaboration gives wave and tidal energy tech developers free opportunity to test components

03/24/2015

A collaboration between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is giving wave and tidal energy technology developers an opportunity to test their components for free.

NordLink to bring Norwegian hydroelectric power to Germany

03/23/2015

Power technologies giant ABB Ltd. Has won orders worth about US$900 million to supply on-shore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations and cable stations that will help connect Norwegian hydroelectric power to be transmitted to German consumers.

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Climate change impacts on hydropower

03/23/2015

A four-year drought, the worst since records began, has had a dramatic effect on California’s power system and specifically on its portfolio of major hydropower projects. Indeed, such is the scale of the drought that a lack of water is preventing hydropower plants from running at anything like full capacity. The effective result of the drought has been to roughly half the hydropower capacity available within the state over a period of a few years.

 

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Multinational bank group provides funding for Georgia's 187-MW Shuakhevi hydropower project

03/20/2015

The International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have agreed to provide US$250 million in debt financing for the construction and operation of Georgia's 187-MW Shuakhevi hydropower project.

Swiss utility seeks turbine-generator for 570-kW Morteratsch hydro project

03/19/2015

Swiss-based generator Repower AG seeks bids to supply a replacement turbine-generator for the 570-kW Morteratsch hydroelectric project in Switzerland. 

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UK company seeks US$3.7 million through bond initiative for small hydro projects

03/19/2015

TradeLink Solutions (TLS) Energy Group, based in Hertfordshire, England, is attempting to increase its affect on the European small hydro market by seeking US$3.7 million in investments through a bond initiative backed by Triodos Bank N.V. 

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Serbia grants permit for 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant

03/17/2015

The Serbian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has granted a location permit to Reservoir Capital Corp. for the construction of the 33.1-MW Brodarevo 2 hydropower plant.

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French hydro operator seeks replacement turbine runners for 272-MW Mareges hydro project

03/12/2015

French hydropower operator Societe Hydro-Electrique du Midi (SHEM) seeks bids to supply four replacement turbine runners for the 272-MW Mareges hydroelectric project on France's Dordogne River. 

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Nautricity tidal turbine begins testing at EMEC's Fall of Warness site

03/10/2015

Tidal turbine manufacturer Nautricity has secured a grid-connected test berth at Scotland's European Marine Energy Centre, having successfully completed sea trials at EMEC's non-connected Shapinsay Sound test site in 2014.

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Slovakia seeks up compensation from Enel for Gabcikovo hydropower use

03/09/2015

The Slovakian government is seeking up close to US$350 millilon in compensation from Italian power company Enel SpA after a court ruled its contract to operate the 720-MW Gabcikovo hydropower plant is invalid.

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Study: Hydroelectric power popular -- but underused -- in Europe

03/05/2015

Hydroelectric power remains a significant component in Europe's energy transition, according to a survey completed by research agency TNS Emnid on behalf of Voith Hydro.

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Firms sought to expand storage of Germany's 220-MW Erzhausen Pumped-Storage

03/05/2015

A unit of European utility Statkraft invites applications for pre-qualification to expand the water storage capacity, and thereby generation, of the 200-MW Erzhausen Pumped-Storage project in Germany.

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Swiss utility seeks to replace turbine-generator at 2.5-MW Arni hydro project

03/03/2015

Lucerne utility ewl Kabelnetz AG seeks bids to replace the turbine-generator unit of the 2.5-MW Arni hydroelectric project in Switzerland.

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International Hydropower Association debuts Young Researcher Award

03/03/2015

The International Hydropower Association has established a new award, called the Young Researcher Award, to recognize and reward emerging talent in the hydropower sector.

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Tidal energy turbine manufacturer Tocardo acquires Swanturbines

02/26/2015

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

02/25/2015

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.

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