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Funding approved for hydro training centre in Pakistan
02 January, 2014
France, in colloboration with the European Union, has signed an agreement that will fund a hydropower training institute in Pakistan.
ARE and ESHA sign agreement to promote small hydro
29 October, 2013
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to intensify knowledge-sharing and joint work towards promoting small hydro as a sustainable energy solution in rural areas of developing and emerging markets.
RusHydro and Alstom extend cooperation
24 June, 2013
RusHydro and Alstom are to extend their cooperation within joint venture company AlstomRusHydroEnergy LLC for the reconstruction and upgrade of the Cascade Kubansky hydro power plants in south Russia.
Battling against power threats
16 May, 2013
Much needed hydropower, and other renewable energy development across Africa, could be compromised by theft and vandalism. Carole Rosenlund explains more.
Seismic design of major components
22 April, 2013
Martin Wieland presents details on the seismic design and safety aspects of bottom outlets, spillways, intake structures, penstocks and switchyards of large dam projects.
Merging hydraulics with biology
14 March, 2013
Recognising that environmental sustainability is a global issue, researchers from the US, Australia and Lao PDR have joined forces in a collaborative effort to improve safe fish passage through hydropower systems. By expanding knowledge beyond salmon to other species, advances in technology can be used to have positive global impacts and ensure the sustainable expansion of hydro.
Engineering the route to a smarter economy
05 February, 2013
Closing the generational gap and transferring skills from retiring to graduating engineers is one of many personnel issues facing the hydropower and dams industry. However other worrying workplace trends are making this more of a complex task. Why is it that with impending shortages of young engineers being forecast, it becomes evident that the majority of qualified women do not actually continue to work in the engineering industry? With engineering and technology set to play strategic roles in economic recovery worldwide, Suzanne Pritchard explains why this must be resolved.
Alstom inaugurates new technology centre
04 February, 2013
Alstom has unveiled the new headquarters of its global technology and hydropower centre in Grenoble, a centre of expertise which carries out all hydropower research and development for the company.
Extreme dam building
18 January, 2013
Construction of the Taishir hydroelectric project in Mongolia has demonstrated that RCC dams can be successfully designed and built in extreme environmental conditions. Jack Linard and Erik Hansen report.
Making a case for sedimentation
29 June, 2012
According to the International Sediment Initiative (ISI), sedimentation issues are often ignored because the scale of the problem can seem too overwhelming. Recent research by ISI is working towards creating a holistic approach to the remediation and conservation of surface waters, with the management of dams and reservoirs playing a key part. Suzanne Pritchard takes a closer look at ISI’s recent interim case study report.
Hydro helps Fiji reach renewable goals
22 June, 2012
Innovative hydro projects on one of Fiji’s remote islands supply an added 20% of the country’s electricity needs through renewable energy. Greg Brown gives an interesting insight into the 42MW Nadarivatu project, which is due for completion in April 2012.
Advances in raise boring
22 June, 2012
Advances in the design and construction of reaming heads and rock tools has seen the technique of raise boring become increasingly effective to the point where it can now be used in very hard rock, in confined urban areas, and in deep underground locations, writes Goran Strand of Sandvik Mining and Construction
Gift of the gap
15 May, 2012
Hydro and more transmission links are increasingly key resources to balance intermittent generation as more wind and solar plants are built, in Europe and North America. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Opportunities in Africa
05 October, 2011
The International Centre for Hydropower (ICH) in Norway is committed to promoting capacity building for professionals in the African hydropower sector. As well as highlighting the work ICH is carrying out, Carole Rosenlund and Byman H Hamududu explain how Africa’s immense hydropower resources have the potential to help solve some of the continent’s power problems.
11 August, 2011
The hydropower and dams industry in the West faces the challenge of demographics and aging facilities while infrastructure investment takes off for a new generation. A number of training and education initiatives are being pursued to help overcome skills shortages foreseen in the near future, reports Patrick Reynolds
Into the Jungle: hydroelectric power supply for mining in Sierra Leone
20 May, 2011
Over the past year Dan Kovacek has made several trips to Sierra Leone in support of a hydropower project design. Here he shares his experiences on the project with IWP&DC
Small dams: a big cause for concern in Vietnam
20 May, 2011
Research from a rural commune has demonstrated the need for adequate risk based assessment, responsibility and accountability for small dam safety management in Vietnam. Tuyet Thi Dam, Dr John D Pisaniello and Professor Roger L Burritt explain why the importance of small dam safety should not be underestimated
HYDRO 2011: Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future
19 May, 2011
HYDRO 2011: Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future, an international conference and exhibition organized by The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams will be held in Prague from 17 to 19 October 2011. Policy-makers, developers, financiers, and hydro practitioners from all parts of the world will attend the event, which will be held at the Prague Congress Centre.
Top 5 developments in hydro
26 January, 2011
As we start what promises to be another eventful year for the ever-changing hydro industry, IWP&DC suggests five developments and projects that are likely to have to the biggest impact on the industry in the near future