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Share the sustainable hydropower story
15 September, 2023
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) have two upcoming opportunities for our readers to get involved in sharing the sustainable hydropower story.

Comparing vulnerabilities of CFRDs and ECRDs
15 September, 2023
Concrete-faced rockfill dams (CFRD) have been the preferred dam type for high embankment dams for almost fifty years. They are claimed to be the safest dam type by their proponents. Here, Martin Wieland discusses the vulnerabilities of CFRDs and provides a comparison with earth core rockfill dams (ECRD) – the dam type which was replaced by CFRDs

MEPs overwhelmingly approve plans to boost renewable energy in the EU
15 September, 2023
The European Parliament has this week endorsed a significant expansion of renewable energy deployment, aligning with the EU's Green Deal and REPowerEU initiatives. The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) will elevate the share of renewables in the EU's final energy consumption to 42.5% by the year 2030, with an ultimate goal of reaching 45%.

Montanhydraulik welcomes new CEO Jens Ennen as Dr Ralf Becker retires
14 September, 2023
Montanhydraulik GmbH is undergoing a significant change in its leadership team. Effective September 1, 2023, Jens Ennen has assumed the role of Chairman of the Executive Board (Chief Executive Officer) of the company. This transition comes as Dr. Ralf Becker, who served as the Chairman of the Management Board for over a decade, steps down to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

FirstLight Power expands hydropower portfolio with acquisition of Hydromega Services
14 September, 2023
FirstLight Power has finalised its agreement to acquire Canadian renewable operator and developer Hydromega Services Inc. The acquisition includes ownership interest in ten hydroelectric assets and a substantial clean energy development pipeline, bolstering FirstLight's presence in North America.

Kleinschmidt Associates to undertake South Fork Tolt spillway options analysis project for Seattle Public Utilities
13 September, 2023
Kleinschmidt Associates has secured a contract with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to deliver engineering and permitting services for the evaluation of options aimed at enhancing the South Fork Tolt Dam's spillway, situated to the east of Seattle, Washington, US.

Thousands killed as dams collapse in devastating floods in Derna, Libya
13 September, 2023
The devastating collapse of dams in Derna, Libya, has left the city reeling in the wake of catastrophic flooding, with a death toll now estimated at 3,000 with this expected to rise, according to Ahmed Madroud, the deputy mayor of Derna.

DEWA's pumped storage plant in Hatta reaches 74% completion mark
12 September, 2023
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) marked a significant milestone as its pumped storage project in Hatta reached 74% completion. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, recently conducted a site visit to assess the progress of the ambitious venture.

LHDA awards major contract for Final Phase II bridges, ensuring critical connectivity to Polihali reservoir
12 September, 2023
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) successfully concluded the procurement process for the final two major bridges under Phase II at the end of August. The contract, worth M511,500,000.00, was awarded to the Concor-Nthane Brothers M&K Bridges Joint Venture.

Hydro4U consultation in At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan explores water governance and Count4D tool deployment
11 September, 2023
On September 8, 2023, a significant Stakeholder Consultation aimed at enhancing water governance and introducing the Count4D tool to the At-Bashi basin was held in the village of At-Bashi. This event, funded by the European Union's Hydro4U project, brought together local and provincial stakeholders from Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. Attendees included representatives from government offices, educational institutions, water management departments, irrigation systems, engineering, and construction firms.

Ethiopian Prime Minister announces successful final filling of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
11 September, 2023
In a significant announcement posted on social media platform X, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali declared the successful completion of the fourth and final filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Prime Minister Abiy expressed his pleasure and gratitude, emphasizing the collective effort of Ethiopians who contributed to achieve this milestone.

Biden-Harris Administration commits over $13 million to boost hydropower expansion
08 September, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled an investment of more than $13 million in seven research and development projects aimed at advancing hydropower as a pivotal source of clean energy, in alignment with President Biden's "Investing in America" agenda. This funding, facilitated by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is set to propel technologies for power generation at non-powered dams while accelerating the growth of pumped storage hydropower (PSH).

Water engineering in Poland
07 September, 2023
Jan Winter, Agnieszka Dabska and Bartosz Bednarz present a brief historical outline of the development of hydraulic engineering in Poland, and discuss the most interesting monuments in the country, with a focus on waterways, dams and reservoirs built for flood protection and economic purposes, including energy generation

Cowi selected as advisor for £500 million Cruachan expansion
06 September, 2023
Cowi has been selected by renewable energy firm Drax to provide advisory services for the £500 million expansion of its Cruachan pumped storage hydro plant located in Argyll, Scotland.

UNIDO report reveals transformative impact of small hydropower on sustainable energy access
06 September, 2023
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has released the World Small Hydropower Development Report 2022 (WSHPDR), offering critical insights into the role of small hydropower projects (SHPs) in sustainable industrial development and global energy access.

Snowy Hydro announces new completion date and cost estimate for Snowy 2.0 Project
05 September, 2023
Snowy Hydro has unveiled a new completion date of December 2028 and a revised total cost of $12 billion for its flagship project, Snowy 2.0, following an extensive review and reset process.

CorPower Ocean deploys first C4 Wave Energy Converter in Portugal
05 September, 2023
CorPower Ocean has achieved the successful installation of its first commercial-scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC) in northern Portugal, marking a significant stride in advancing wave energy as a viable and financially sustainable technology for widespread implementation. The CorPower C4 device was launched at the Viana do Castello port and later transported to the Aguçadoura site, situated 4 kilometers offshore.

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