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Addressing the impending workforce shortage
20 March, 2023
Aware of the important role it has to play in decarbonising the power grid, the US hydropower industry is pulling out all the stops to address an impending shortage of workers, as increasing numbers are set to reach retirement age over the coming years.

Tagless technology for fish tracking
15 March, 2023
New tagless fish detection technology based on Artificial Intelligence has been developed by Innovasea to help bring the task of fish counting into the 21st century. IWP&DC discovers how this innovative technology could be a key tool in a dam and hydropower plant operator’s toolbox

Staying ahead of cybercriminals
13 March, 2023
Alastair MacLeod, CEO at Ground Control, examines how Utilities companies can mitigate cyber security threats to ensure commercial operations are not compromised

Woman of Waterpower 2022
08 March, 2023
The Women in Renewable Energy network and WaterPower Canada announced that Christine Monette from Andritz Hydro in Canada was the recipient of the Woman of Waterpower Award for 2022. The award is designed to highlight and celebrate women who go to tremendous lengths to support, build and promote Canada’s hydropower industry, and are role models, mentors, educators and leaders to their peers and colleagues. IWP&DC asked Monette to share her experiences of the hydropower industry with us.

Reflecting on the FutureDAMS project
06 March, 2023
As its work drew to a close last year, members of the FutureDAMS research team reflected on the lessons they have learned about the water-energy-food-environment nexus since the project first swung into action in 2018.

The Gross Reservoir Expansion project
01 March, 2023
The Gross Reservoir Expansion Project in the US will almost triple reservoir storage capacity and improve water reliability for more than 1.5 million Denver residents. Michael F. Rogers, Vice President and Global Dams Practice Leader at Stantec, gives more details.

Journey of evolution
17 February, 2023
Terry Stebbings from Proterra Energy gives an overview of a combined small hydro and solar scheme the company recently worked on in Knoydart, Scotland. He says that in an ever-changing climatic world, Proterra Energy has come to understand the importance of hybrid systems and their potential to provide power

Safety first for zero failures
09 February, 2023
Mining continues to play an important role in many communities around the globe, but any failure has the potential to cause catastrophic and long-lasting impacts to water quality, aquatic life and human health. To start on the path to zero failures, tailings facility inventories need to be reduced with the adoption of best available practices and technologies. Suzanne Pritchard reports on recent developments in the Canadian province of British Columbia where there is growing pressure to address the risks posed by tailings dams in the face of climate change.

Developing the Muttsee AlpinSolar project
02 February, 2023
Initially the Muttsee AlpinSolar project in Switzerland was borderline from a profitability point of view. Christian Heierli from Axpo Solutions explains why they persevered with the scheme and how such alpine systems could become very attractive in the longer term.

New hydro for University of Notre Dame
25 January, 2023
The University of Notre Dame in the US has completed construction of a new hydropower project in Indiana.

Climate change and hydropower
17 January, 2023
The impacts of climate change are being felt across the European and North American hydropower industries. However, even with extreme and varied weather conditions, research shows that hydro can still play a critical role in a stable power grid.

Training – more relevant than ever
12 January, 2023
As the clean energy transition gains momentum, and with an ever-increasing pressure on existing water resources and evolving best practices, there has never been a more important time to build skills and capacity within the water power and dams industry. IWP&DC asked members of the industry to share their thoughts on why training is now more relevant than ever.

Benefits for long-term hydropower energy trading by integrating satellite derived snow data
04 January, 2023
Scientists and industry pioneers of the DeFROST4Hydropower project successfully demonstrate that the combination of near real-time geospatial data fused with AI and long-term hydrological models can produce highly accurate seasonal forecasts.

Wave power - poised for adoption and growth
13 December, 2022
Australian renewable energy company Wave Swell Energy believes that wave power is poised for adoption and growth within the renewable energy mix over the next decade. Chief Operating Officer John Brown gives an insight into the role that his company is keen to play within future developments.

It’s all in the science for fish passage solutions
05 December, 2022
Fish passage solutions can be complex. Here Kleinschmidt gives an overview of some of the projects it has been involved with across North America which range from trap and haul facilities to dam decommissioning

A strong business case
24 November, 2022
To fulfil hydropower development potential and meet climate goals, the industry must actively promote its sustainable credentials to attract greater investment. Suzanne Pritchard reports

Wave power - poised for adoption and growth?
10 November, 2022
Australian renewable energy company Wave Swell Energy believes that wave power is poised for adoption and growth within the renewable energy mix over the next decade. Chief Operating Officer John Brown gives an insight into the role that his company is keen to play within future developments.

Fortum celebrates European achievements
02 November, 2022
Finnish energy company Fortum gives an insight into different hydropower projects it has worked on in Sweden and Finland over recent years.

Snow monitoring and Italian hydropower
26 October, 2022
Enel and ESA launch new Snow Water Equivalent feasibility study in Italy with Wegaw’s satellite-based snow monitoring solution

Geomorphic designs inform tailings dam sustainability
20 October, 2022
Civil engineer Justin Walls of SRK Consulting considers how geomorphic designs are being applied to tailings dams, emulating natural landforms to render these structures more stable, economic and sustainable.

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