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No time to waste
17 December, 2021
With the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change being described as a reality check, world leaders are being urged to face up to, and act now, on our changing climate. As part of its commitments, the hydropower industry has issued a new manifesto for change which outlines how sustainable hydropower investments can help achieve net zero emissions and limit climate change.
Key to reliable renewables
10 December, 2021
Decarbonisation of the global energy system is key to tackling climate change. However, without sufficient long duration energy storage to provide reliability for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar power, the success of the clean energy transition could be at risk. As the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower highlights, pumped storage has an increasingly important role to play in the years ahead. Suzanne Pritchard reports
Support for certification
11 November, 2021
Leading hydropower companies and international organisations have declared their support for a new sustainability certification scheme for hydropower
XFLEX HYDRO progress report
04 January, 2021
New report explores hydro’s role in delivering a renewable and flexible power system
Pumped storage development in Europe
06 October, 2020
With EU member states being urged to look at potential pumped storage development in their countries, IWP&DC takes a look how current projects are progressing
XFLEX HYDRO flexible technologies decision-tools under development
08 September, 2020
New tools to assist hydropower plant owners to make decisions about investing in technologies for enhanced operational flexibility are being developed by the XFLEX HYDRO project
Hydropower embraces digitalisation
27 March, 2020
Digitalisation has become one of the buzz words to take on greater significance in recent years, but just how is the hydro industry embracing this revolutionary concept?
The second phase
12 November, 2018
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) provides information on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, and details on how work is progressing on Phase II
EDF to install Eco-flow Turbinator
15 November, 2017
The Turbinator is a compact small hydro turbine with an integrated permanent magnetised generator. Following successful installations in Norway, CleanPower is now focusing on the market of European eco-flow releases. French energy company EDF has selected it for the upgrade of the eco-flow release on the Raviège dam in the Tarn region in South-West France, the installation is expected to start test production during the first half of 2018.
Big in Africa
17 May, 2016
Details on 10 of the largest hydropower projects in Africa, from ageing projects through to those still in development stage. Listed in alphabetical order.
A fair share: sharing the waters of multipurpose reservoirs
19 April, 2016
The multipurpose functions of reservoirs can create competition and conflict, prompting an increasing need for wise stewardship of global water resources. Sharing the water uses of multipurpose hydropower reservoirs is now the focal point of a framework recently produced by Electricite de France and the World Water Council. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Funds for flows: financing hydropower
29 July, 2014
Finance support is increasing for a wide range of hydro developments and research. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Power list: who will infuence the hydropower sector in 2014?
25 March, 2014
Who will be helping to shape the hydropower industry in 2014? The editorial team at IWP&DC reveals a list of the people we think will have major influence on the market this year.
Public safety around dams: is it taken seriously enough?
13 March, 2014
Public safety is part of the social licence to operate dams, says Tony Bennett, Chairman of ICOLD’s Technical Committee on Public Safety Around Dams. Here he talks with Suzanne Pritchard and explains why the subject needs to be ranked as an important technical discipline alongside dam safety.
Advances in leak detection
13 August, 2013
The development of hidden defects and leaks is an ever-present concern during the service life of dams, canals and levees. Consequently, a new advance in the geophysical investigation of erosion, a prime cause of structural deterioration in hydraulic structures, will be welcome news for the industry. Alex Bolève of Fugro explains.
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
Positive energy acceleration
13 February, 2012
To help direct future investments into tidal energy extraction projects, greater understanding is required of how such schemes interact with one another. The Energy Technologies Institute in the UK is carrying out research into the subject to help stimulate positive energy acceleration
Sizing up African hydro
04 October, 2011
A wide range of project sizes are under development in Africa from the mid-range Ruzizi project to large schemes like the Mandaya-Beko Abo and Millennium projects. Report by Patrick Reynolds
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
PK Weirs in Vietnam
26 January, 2011
In addition to their application on some dam upgrades in France, Piano Key Weirs are being increasingly researched as well as employed on new projects in Vietnam. Report by Patrick Reynolds