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New micro hydropower installation set for STEM education role
10 June, 2022
An historic tide mill in Suffolk, England, is to install a micro hydropower system in a bid to educate and provide activities around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) themes for the many students who visit.

NREL researchers map out possible new pumped storage sites in the US
09 June, 2022
A new report from researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) identifies sites in the US that could support pumped storage hydropower plants as well as highlighting how much they might cost and how much energy they could produce. A further report (being published soon) uses that data set and additional resources to examine how hydropower’s low-cost, flexible energy could support tomorrow’s grid.

Hydropower and the Alaska Railbelt
09 June, 2022
A report into the potential impacts of achieving an 80% renewable energy portfolio standard on Alaska’s Railbelt electrical grid has been carried out. One of the key findings underpins the important role of flexible hydropower in balancing supply and demand and providing fast response to system outages.

Statkraft planning major capacity increase at Mauranger II, Norway
08 June, 2022
Statkraft has sent a license application to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) which could see capacity than triple from 250MW to 880MW at the Mauranger II power plant.

Voith’s HyCon GoHybrid achieves successful first year of operation
07 June, 2022
Voith Hydro’s HyCon GoHybrid hydraulic unit for turbine governors in hydropower has been successfully operating for just over a year at the site of SWU Energie GmbH in Wiblingen, Germany, with the product also successfully operating at Fortum’s Nain project near Hagfors in Sweden.

$80 million funding boost for New Atlin expansion project in Canada
07 June, 2022
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), in partnership with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation owned Tlingit Homeland Energy Limited Partnership, has committed $80 million towards the Atlin Hydroelectricity Expansion, a project which involves development of a new 9.2MW hydroelectric facility and 93km transmission line to deliver clean power to the isolated Yukon microgrid.

Futuristic framework – investigating the thermal impacts of dams
07 June, 2022
Temperature variation in rivers is a natural phenomenon and generally the ecosystem is resilient to such natural fluctuations. However, intensive damming of natural river systems can cause net shifting of temperature profiles and lead to the homogenisation of temperatures over longer periods. Researchers have developed a new framework to investigate the thermal impact of dams worldwide.

Scottish micro hydropower plant fully operational
07 June, 2022
A 92kW hydroelectric scheme located on the banks of the River Ness in the Scottish Highlands is now fully operational, providing electricity to local facilities.

Coire Glas tenders submitted
06 June, 2022
Plans for the first large-scale pumped storage scheme to be built in the UK for more than 30 years has taken a major step forward as tenders have been received for the project’s main construction works.

DEWA’s Hatta pumped storage project 44% complete
06 June, 2022
The 250MW Hatta pumped storage project being built by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in Hatta is 44% complete, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA announced on a recent visit to the project site.

50% of units in operation at Baihetan, China
06 June, 2022
Unit 5 of the 16GW Baihetan hydropower station in southwest China has passed a 72-hour trial operation and started formal operation, meaning that half of the 16 power-generation units in the project are now in operation.

Statkraft opens new small hydro plants in Norway
02 June, 2022
European renewable energy company Statkraft has commissioned two new small hydropower plants in Norway, located on opposite sides of the Hardanger mountain plateau.

TVA completes Boone Dam remediation project
02 June, 2022
Tennessee Valley Authority has announced it has completed the Boone Dam project in Tennessee, US, on time and under budget.

ABB to install new Scada solutions at Spanish hydro plants
31 May, 2022
Spanish multi-energy company Repsol has selected ABB to enhance performance at its five hydropower plants through the installation of a new SCADA solution.

Study investigates feasibility of restoring Sweden's largest pumped storage plant
26 May, 2022
A feasibility study is being carried out to investigate the possibility of restoring the Juktan pumped storage power plant in Sweden.

Successful launch of first Dragon Class tidal powerplant
26 May, 2022
Marine energy developer Minesto has successfully completed the first week of commissioning for the new Dragon 4 tidal power plant in Vestmanna, Faroe Islands.

The key role for small hydropower
26 May, 2022
With energy prices rising and increasing efforts to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuel since the war in Ukraine, the UK has been encouraged to turn to community-owned renewable schemes to help generate more electricity. Advocates for small hydropower believe it has a key role to play in the grassroot transformation of the energy landscape.

Hydro from Statkraft to power FREYR Battery production site
25 May, 2022
Statkraft has announced it has signed an agreement with FREYR Battery to secure long-term supply of renewable power from Statrkraft’s Rana hydropower facility to FREYR’s planned battery cell production project in Mo i Rana, Norway

AfDB to advise on 1500MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project
25 May, 2022
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to provide advisory services for the development of the $4.5 billion 1500MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydropower project in Mozambique.

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