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The key role for small hydropower
26 May, 2022
With energy prices rising and increasing efforts to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuel since the war in Ukraine, the UK has been encouraged to turn to community-owned renewable schemes to help generate more electricity. Advocates for small hydropower believe it has a key role to play in the grassroot transformation of the energy landscape.
Optimizing hydropower maintenance
19 May, 2022
Salman Rashid highlights five strategies to help optimize maintenance management at hydroelectric facilities
Engineers disciplined after Mount Polley incident
19 May, 2022
Three engineers have faced disciplinary hearings following the 2014 failure of the tailings storage facility at Mount Polley Mine in Canada.
Transboundary cooperation in the Drin River Basin
11 May, 2022
Key lessons can be learnt from the success of a project to foster transboundary cooperation in the Drin River Basin.
04 May, 2022
James Tucker, BDM for UK Construction at Siltbuster Ltd, details the importance of getting wastewater strategy right when it comes to refurbishing reservoirs, using a case study to illustrate this.
Halton Lune Hydro
27 April, 2022
Brian Jefferson from Halton Lune Hydro gives an overview of England’s largest community-owned hydro scheme.
The next generation
20 April, 2022
Exploring the ways that the UK is encouraging young people into engineering careers, from stimulating interest at a young age to creating an inclusive space for underrepresented groups in STEM and equipping students with transferable skills they will use for life. Report by Natasha Bougourd
Eel project highlights the value of citizen science
19 April, 2022
There are more river barriers such as weirs and sluices than existing datasets show in the Thames River Basin that could be causing issues for the critically endangered European eel, according to a new study from an environmental project.
Investing in safety
05 April, 2022
In a bid to improve the safety of tailing dams, investor action has targeted mining companies not implementing the new Global Industry Standard on Tailings. IWP&DC reports on the latest developments in tailings dam safety.
The heat is on
31 March, 2022
More frequent and extreme weather events, such as drought, heatwaves and wildfire, will impact hydropower production and fresh water supplies. Research is underway to help future preparations for climate change.
Hydro for higher education
24 March, 2022
With the recent completion of a hydroelectric generating station on the Kentucky River in the US, Berea College is leading by example when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.
A royal success
16 March, 2022
Barhale has completed refurbishment of inlet and outlet tunnels at the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir in England.
Satellite sediment management
11 March, 2022
HYPOS is a new toolbox that enables sediment management to be powered by satellite technology and helps hydropower planners and managers overcome the challenges posed by sedimentation.
Never be afraid of a new challenge
03 March, 2022
IWP&DC interviews Karen Atkinson, SMEC’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer for South East Asia, who has been elected to the board of the International Hydropower Association in the East Asia and Pacific region.
Stepping beyond standard to enhance safety
28 February, 2022
Advanced fire suppression technology can help improve hydropower plant safety, writes Zack Almont of Victaulic, giving the example of a recent installation at Boundary Dam in the US
Adapting to future flows
22 February, 2022
New research into future hydropower production across the Amazon urges energy planners to focus on climate resilience.
Looking to FutureDAMS
16 February, 2022
New pragmatic tools have been developed for rethinking how river basins and power grids interact to jointly create societal benefits
Basin and delta planning
11 February, 2022
The climate resilience of river deltas is being threatened by rising sea levels and reduced sediment supply from contributing river basins. New research provides an integrated assessment to help identify key planning for increasing the climate resilience of the Mekong Delta and emphasises that the strategic placement of hydropower dams is important for maintaining sediment supply.
Gaining greater insight
08 February, 2022
Industry-wide reports and conferences highlight the need to learn from climate change, dam failure and promoting diversity.
A sustained effort
01 February, 2022
Ageing infrastructure and climate-related impacts are further encouraging an industry-wide focus on sustainability.