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Inspirational companies invited to enter responsible business awards
22 December, 2015
HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on companies in the building sector to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues, as the 2016 Responsible Business Awards opens for entries.

Innovative wave energy device lands at Port Fairy
18 December, 2015
Ocean energy company BioPower Systems (BPS) completed the deployment of its 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit off the coast near Port Fairy, Victoria in Australia. The A$21M project has been in development by BPS for three years, with A$11M of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and A$5M of funding from the Victorian Government.

USACE stresses it is business as usual at Lewisville Dam
18 December, 2015
The Fort Worth District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a statement about the safety of their flood risk management reservoirs, stating that the facilities are operating as designed and intended, and “we are confident that they will continue to do so”.

Lahmeyer looks at feasibility of Pakistani project
18 December, 2015
Lahmeyer International is preparing a feasibility study for the Thakot hydropower project in Pakistan in association with local partners. The project on the Indus River will have an installed capacity between 2000-2500MW.

Hydro delays in Nepal
18 December, 2015
Construction of many hydropower projects started by Nepal Electricity Authority has been affected by the earthquake which shook the country in April, according to reports in the Kathmandu Post. The situation is being complicated further by fuel shortages following an Indian blockade which is contributing to projects not being completed on time.

Strengthening East Coast levee flood protection
18 December, 2015
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has completed work to strengthen a portion of Palm Beach County levee that protects tens of thousands of people from Palm Beach to Miami in the US. Stretching 169km, the East Coast levee serves as a buffer between three vast Everglades Water Conservation Areas and portions of the most populated regions in South Florida. “This rehabilitation effort was important for the flood control system to continue operating as designed well into the future,” says Jeff Kivett, SFWMD Director of Operations, Engineering and Construction. The extensive network of earthen levees were constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s and 1960s. Annual inspections are conducted jointly by SFWMD and the Corps and improvements to address maintenance items identified by regular inspections have been made over the years. The District also completed work in 2013 to strengthen a 61km portion of the East Coast Protective Levee in western Broward County.

Siemens to provide environmentally-friendly transformer technology to Glen Canyon Dam project
18 December, 2015
Siemens has been chosen by Yellowstone Electric Co. out of Billings, Montana on behalf of the US Bureau of Reclamation, to deliver 14 environmentally-friendly ester insulated power transformers to Glen Canyon Dam power plant in Arizona.

Aquamarine Power’s intellectual property assets up for sale
17 December, 2015
The intellectual property assets of wave energy business Aquamarine Power are on sale on behalf of the Joint Administrators at BDO LLP from Metis Partners, a commercial intellectual property consulting firm.

BPA invests in vegetation solution
17 December, 2015
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has selected the GeoDigital mapping and data analytics solution to boost the cost-effectiveness of the utility's vegetation management programme. Built by Atlanta's GeoDigital, it will assist BPA in assessing and managing the growth of trees and other vegetation surrounding more than 24,000km of power transmission lines. BPA says its decision to invest in spatial data and analytics is part of its public service commitment to efficiently deliver high reliability with environmental stewardship.

Dam honours in hall of fame
17 December, 2015
The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has announced that the 2016 inductees include Harriet Strong.

Chinese hydro figures
17 December, 2015
China experienced a 3% increase in hydropower generation in November, which hit 77.6B kWh.

Historic Paris agreement on climate change
17 December, 2015
An historic agreement to combat climate change was agreed by 195 nations in Paris at COP21 on 12 December. The agreement’s main aim is to ensure that global temperature rise is kept well below 2 degrees Celsius this century.

Black & Veatch selected to work on Boone Dam remediation
16 December, 2015
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has selected Black & Veatch as engineer of record responsible for the design and quality assurance of remediation work taking place at the Boone Dam on the South Holston River in Tennessee, US.

Cumbria floods: The impact of climate change on flood risk management
15 December, 2015
Six years after record-breaking rainfall over the Cumbria fells, the north-west area of England has again been subjected to extreme rainfall that has led to widespread flooding. The question that everyone seems to want an answer to is: what role has climate change has played in these extreme rainfall events? David Ramsbottom from HR Wallingford considers the impact of climate change on flooding, and shares his views on the flood management strategies we need to adopt to make UK communities more flood resilient.

EMEC recovers sub-sea monitoring system
15 December, 2015
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has successfully recovered its novel Integrated Monitoring Pod following months of transmitting real-time data feeds from the seabed at the Fall of Warness tidal energy test site in Orkney, Scotland.

Milestone achievements for Cape Sharp Tidal
15 December, 2015
Cape Sharp Tidal, a joint venture between Emera and OpenHydro, has completed two significant milestone operations in preparation for the next phase of its tidal energy demonstration project. As well as launching its deployment barge, subsea power cable installation was completed while holding position over Cape Sharp Tidal’s berth site at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia in Canada.

Voith establishes new Digital Solutions group division
11 December, 2015
The Voith Group has established a new division called Voith Digital Solutions. The new unit will consolidate all of the group's know-how in the field of the digital transformation known as Industrie 4.0. The unit's focus will be on the development of new digital business models for sectors that already exist today as well as for completely new sectors which are not yet being served. Dr. Roland Münch, who has been CEO of the Voith Hydro Group Division up until now, will become CEO of the new Group Division. Dr. Münch's successor as Head of Voith's hydropower division will be Uwe Wehnhardt.

ASDSO marks tenth anniversary of Missouri Dam failure
11 December, 2015
“The tenth anniversary of the Taum Sauk dam failure serves as a reminder of the very real need for constant vigilance in dam safety,” says Lori Spragens, Executive Director of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) in the US.

NH CleanTech and Granite State Hydro form new alliance
11 December, 2015
The New Hampshire CleanTech Council (NHCTC) and Granite State Hydropower Association (GSHA) in the US have announced a new alliance for collaboration on critical issues facing New Hampshire’s energy landscape.

Decisive role for Toshiba in Indian hydro sector
11 December, 2015
In a recent interview with The Economic Times of India, Kenji Urai, Managing Director of Toshiba India Private, spoke about the company’s plans in India. He says that hydro has an important role in helping to supplement the country’s coal based generation capacity while the longevity of hydropower equipment is viewed as being his company’s major USP. Furthermore Toshiba management’s vision, to create innovative technologies in harmony with human lives, is resonated by the hydro business’ same philosophy of providing a safe, secure and comfortable life through the generation of electricity, the company’s MD added.

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