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Mapping hydropower potential in Madagascar
16 September, 2015
A World Bank-led project in Madagascar seeks to map the country’s small hydropower potential at a detailed level. Hydropower is one of the most promising sources of power for a country where a lack of domestic energy production has placed major constraints on development.

Predicting fish populations response to dams
16 September, 2015
A new US model can predict fish population response to dams. Researchers have used a model of endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine’s Penobscot River as a case study.

Software set to revolutionise hydro sites
15 September, 2015
Collaborative research has successfully combined academic skills with ideas from industry and innovation funding from the UK government. Developers of new sourcing software say that it can ease the process of locating potential micro hydro sites.

Tailings dams: the path to zero failure
19 August, 2015
Tailings dams are complex and unforgiving systems which evolve over a period of years. The recent failure of Mount Polley tailings facility in Canada has brought global attention to the fact that the reliability of tailings dams is dependent on consistent and thorough planning, design, monitoring and effective operation at every level. After an independent inquiry into what has been described as Canada’s largest industrial accident of its kind, the industry is being steered on a path towards zero failure. Suzanne Pritchard reports.

Update on Obervermunt II
19 August, 2015
Christian Schönlechner, JÄGER BAU GMBH, provides details on development of the 360MW Obervermunt II pumped storage project, currently under construction in Austria

Making way for Australian spillway upgrades
20 July, 2015
Spillway upgrades are taking place all over the world, with a particular drive in Australia. Bob Evans and Dr Gamini Adikari from SMEC give an insight into several spillway and dam upgrades the company has been working on.

Blue Gold: tapping existing potential
20 July, 2015
Each year valuable hydro potential flows away through water pipes at existing infrastructure across the US. The Hydro Research Foundation is calling for policy and technological innovations to recapture this enormous untapped opportunity which has the potential to jump start additional hydropower development. Suzanne Pritchard reports.

Leap of faith
15 June, 2015
UK company Konecranes has reaffirmed its support for recruiting female engineers, and has recently appointed its first female Field Service Technician. Natasha Cairns explains why she thinks engineering is a rewarding industry to be in, and encourages more women to follow her lead and take the leap of faith.

Red Rock powers up
11 May, 2015
Missouri River Energy Services in the US is developing a new hydropower facility at the existing Red Rock Dam in Iowa. Joni Livingston gives an insight into this huge undertaking.

StreamDiver utilises new hydropower potential
11 May, 2015
Over 85% of all existing dams in the world remain unused for hydropower generation. The StreamDiver turbine was developed by Voith Hydro Holding to tap this potential, especially at low head sites which previously could not be exploited.

Tough success at Dariali hydro scheme
14 April, 2015
TBM boring was recently completed despite challenges on Dariali hydro scheme, in Georgia. Report by Patrick Reynolds

There is no other industry like it
14 April, 2015
For almost 24 years the same executive director has served at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) in the US. It is rare for one individual to be at the helm of any successful organisation for such a length of time, and it is indeed even rarer for that individual to be a woman. Suzanne Pritchard spoke with Linda Church Ciocci from the NHA about her vast experience of working in the hydropower industry.

The art of cleaning dams
13 March, 2015
Artistic drawings of gargantuan portions have been gracing dam walls across Germany, Japan and Korea. Suzanne Pritchard takes a closer look at one of the most creative developments the industry has witnessed in recent years.

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

World class achievements as dams reach new heights
11 February, 2015
Ted Warren provides an update on development of three of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams.

Boring below - tunnelling at hydro schemes
11 February, 2015
A number of hydro projects are calling for major tunnelling works. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Regional co-operation reigns at Rusumo Falls
06 January, 2015
An ambitious trans-boundary hydropower scheme in Africa looks set to fulfil acute electricity needs, under the expert guidance of the Nile Basin Initiative.

Completing the Blue Lake expansion
06 January, 2015
Meeting the schedule, staying within budget and remaining upfront with, and active within, the local community has led to the successful completion of the Blue Lake expansion project in Alaska.

Targeting potential industry leaders
06 January, 2015
It’s a corporate dilemma faced by many industries. What if you train all your staff and they leave? What if you don’t and they stay? To help answer such questions and promote the careers of young potential industry leaders, the Institute of Water in the UK organised an interactive weekend school for professional development. By Mandhy Senewiratne

Setting up in Singapore - Q&A with Charles Feild, Black & Veatch
06 January, 2015
Engineering and construction company Black & Veatch has opened a Hydropower Centre of Excellence in Singapore in a bid to help countries in the region look at new ways to harness their hydro resources. IWP&DC spoke with Charles Feild, Black & Veatch Hydropower Director, Asia Pacific, to discover just what this centre will offer to the hydro sector.

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