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Small hydro thinks big
11 December, 1998
China aims to expand small hydro capacity by up to 1.5GW annually, and is looking to Western Europe to complement Chinese technology

United we stand
11 December, 1998
Valuable advice on how to increase the UK’s share of the small hydro export market was passed on to delegates at the British Hydropower Association’s first conference. Suzanne Moxon reports

A tough time for small hydro
11 December, 1998
Janet Wood reports from IWP&DC’s Small Hydro ‘98 conference

A matter of co-operation
11 December, 1998
A co-operative approach to dam safety is imperative in order to avoid dam failures. E C Kalkani* explains why

The year in perspective
11 December, 1998
The Association of State Dam Safety Officials’ (ASDSO’s) annual conference has become the major forum in the US for the exchange of ideas and technical knowledge on dam safety. At this year’s event ASDSO evaluated its achievements over the past twelve months

Learning from the US experience
11 December, 1998
Information that improves the understanding of dams and their performance is at a premium. As Martin McCann* explains, the US National Performance of Dams Programme is an aggressive effort to establish a valuable engineering resource, with the participation of dam owners, regulatory officials and engineers

The environmental standard
11 December, 1998
The hydro power industry is taking an interest in implementing environmental management systems which have been certified to international standards. Suzanne Moxon reports

To sustain and protact
11 December, 1998
Thomas Vladut* calls on the dam industry to seize the initiative, and ensure that dams and hydro plants are recognised as examples of sustainable development

A fisherman’s friend
11 December, 1998
Small hydro power operators should not only be aware of fish screening laws, but should choose appropriate screening technology with care. Andrew Turnpenny* explains why

Open wide
11 December, 1998
An open electronic information system is perhaps the most effective way of evaluating the data needed to monitor an operational hydro power plant. The Machinery Information Management Open Systems Alliance (MIMOSA) is turning this dream into a reality. Suzanne Moxon reports

A co-operative approach to refurbishment
11 December, 1998
The need for peak power has prompted Bulgaria to re-assess the condition of its hydro power facilities. Peter Jedelhauser spoke to Suzanne Moxon about Electrowatt Engineering’s role in Bulgaria’s ambitious refurbishment programme

Rock solid
10 November, 1998
Can rockbolt design lives of 100 years or more be justified? The evidence so far is that it can, says David Baxter, providing that bolts are rigorously corrosion protected and installed, but this has been the case on few projects.

The key to successful IPPs
10 November, 1998
Conflicting objectives must be met to develop a successful independent hydro power project. James Arthur* reports

Gambling with public safety?
10 November, 1998
Des Hartford*, argues that every dam safety decision is some form of risk assessment, and that these methods can strengthen traditional dam safety assessments. However he warns that probabilistic techniques have their own risks which must be understood and managed before they are used.

Making the most of credible evidence
10 November, 1998
Professor Duron calls for the setting up of a national database for the seismic and stability analysis of dams, and argues that such a database will enable the industry to make informed decisions,

Spending to save
10 November, 1998
Faced with the prospect of costly refurbishment, Kraftwerke Birsfelden undertook the ambitious task of rebuilding part of its run-of-river plant in Sitzerland. Werner Maier* explains the reasons behind the company's decision.

A new policy for water power
10 November, 1998
After many false starts, hydro power in India may have won government support, as I M Sahai explains. But the success of the new policy lies in implementing its recommendations with vigour

A milestone for the Three Gorges
08 October, 1998
The condition of the Yangtze river has been of life-threatening importance this year, as it has been the source of massive flooding. The Three Gorges dam project is intended, among other things, to reduce the danger from flooding: Rushu Wang* offers an update on the project

New light on leak detection
08 October, 1998
York Sensors uses optical fibres to measure localised temperature changes. The system can be used to measure leaks in water-retaining structures and heat of hydration, and was recently used in its first applications in dams and hydro channels

Using the network solution
08 October, 1998
Monitoring the condition of a generator in real-time is just the beginning. Using the data in modern networking environments allows operators to observe trends and anticipate mechanical problems, as J S Edmonds and T H Richards explain

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