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How to avoid the digital traps of the 21st century
11 September, 2017
Energy companies and water utilities must treat cyber risks as permanent and persistent risks to their entire enterprise, and develop an organisation-wide cyber strategy to ensure effective risk management. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, explains how the hydropower industry can combat rising cyber threats.
18 January, 2017
New ICOLD Bulletins are now available from the Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design.
Mott MacDonald to develop climate resilience guidelines for hydro and dams
22 November, 2016
Mott MacDonald has announced it has been appointed by the World Bank to develop technical guidelines to improve climate resilience for the hydropower and dams development community.
BC Hydro addresses fracking and dam safety concerns
23 August, 2016
BC Hydro’s Deputy CEO Chris O'Riley has released a statement responding to recent concerns about fracking and dam safety, confirming that, to the utility’s knowledge, there has never been any fracking activity within 5km of it dams, including the Site C project.
Large or small - does dam size matter?
12 August, 2016
IWP&DC asked members of the US dams industry for their thoughts on whether dam size matters, and what are the prospects for future construction across the country?
The future for hydro - roundtable discussion
02 March, 2015
Suzanne Pritchard talked to key members of the hydropower industry to discover what they think the future holds for hydropower
Oxford study on large dams: the right to reply
25 June, 2014
Members of the dam industry have expressed their concern about a recent study from the University of Oxford on large dams. They claim it is unrepresentative; questioning the methodology used and the subjective conclusions it makes. Here they have their say.
Reaching new heights at San Vicente
09 September, 2013
As the San Vicente Dam Raise Project nears completion, Glenn S. Tarbox, Gerard E. Reed III and J. Wade Griffis provides details on the largest raise of a concrete dam in the US, and the highest raise using RCC in the world
16 May, 2013
A swathe of hydro projects – both large and small – are under development or in construction across the middle of Africa. Report by Patrick Reynolds
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.
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.
Seismic aspects of underground structures
22 June, 2012
Dr Martin Wieland discusses the seismic design and performance criteria of underground structures of hydropower plants in a qualitative way on the basis of the seismic safety criteria applicable to large dams, approved by the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).
Downgrading hydro’s dirty image
22 June, 2012
An international team of scientists claims to have amassed the largest data set to date on greenhouse gas emissions from hydroelectric reservoirs. While their analysis has downgraded the GHG impact of such reservoirs, importance has also been placed on the role that site design and location can play in minimising carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
03 November, 2011
While agriculture in many regions is served by irrigation and more projects are built or modernised, water availability and its efficient use are of increasing concern, as Patrick Reynolds reports
20 May, 2011
A full range of hydropower projects are developing apace in hydrologically-rich and energy-hungry southeast Asia. Patrick Reynolds spotlights some of the latest schemes
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.
A powerful 50 years at Niagara
15 April, 2011
The New York Power Authority recently celebrated 50 years of power production at the Niagara power project. Here, IWP&DC takes a look at the history and development of the largest hydroelectric facility in New York State, and discovers why it is considered an outstanding engineering achievement
Low Watana in spotlight
15 April, 2011
The Low Watana option is favoured for Alaska’s Railbelt hydro development but the Chakachamna alternative has not been shelved. Report by Patrick Reynolds