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European insights: hydropower, climate change and EU law
12 November, 2019
Hydropower retains its dominant presence in renewable power generation across Europe, but there is increasing concern about the impact of climate change on the European energy system as a whole. Adaptation and resilience will be key to future hydropower production in the face of more frequent and extreme weather events. Suzanne Pritchard reports
People, places and profit – three advantages of IT/OT convergence
08 November, 2019
Engineers and academics have been extolling the benefits of IT and OT convergence as far back as the early Eighties, but many businesses are still reluctant to adopt platforms that combine the two. Here, Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software provider COPA-DATA UK, explains the advantages of IT and OT convergence
Optimising reservoir operations
08 November, 2019
Filling period performance may impact the acceptability of new dams in large systems. If release rules are allowed to change during system expansion, performance improves but not updating rules during expansion can lead to 25% losses in financial benefits. New research, using the Blue Nile as a case-study, demonstrates how evolving operating rules during multi-reservoir system expansion and planning can increase the ability to identify best performance plans
Powering the water sector using smart technology
22 October, 2019
This week is National Water Week in Australia, an opportune time to take stock and consider the existing trends and emerging smart technologies within the water, dams and hydropower space. Report by Bob Tilbury, SMEC's Market Director, Water, Dams and Hydropower in ANZ
Extending innovation at Tarbela
08 October, 2019
Mott MacDonald has been appointed as the lead consultant for the fifth extension of the Tarbela hydropower project in Pakistan. Mark Gill, Deputy Country Manager and Pakistan Power Sector Leader for Mott MacDonald, gives more details.
Hydro development in Uzbekistan
01 October, 2019
IWP&DC spoke with Khasan Khasanov, Head of Department at JSC Uzbekgidroenergo, about the development of hydropower across Uzbekistan
07 September, 2019
IWP&DC spoke to Brian Selby of GE and Ajay Sharma of Entura to talk about their involvement in projects across Asia
02 September, 2019
Following a successful trial, the British Dam Society (BDS) is about to launch its highly anticipated mentoring scheme. This scheme is aimed to encourage aspiring dam engineers working within the UK dam industry to develop their skills and knowledge to the required level for application to either the Supervising Engineers Panel or the All Reservoirs Panel, responsible for statutory inspections and other functions under UK reservoir legislation.
Looking through a different lens
08 August, 2019
Canadian perspectives of modernising the Columbia River Treaty were highlighted in a recent webinar organised by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Working at height: tips for safety
03 July, 2019
There were 35 fatal injuries to workers were due to falls from height in 2017/18 in the UK alone, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics. The potential risks associated with working at height are plain to see, but thorough preparation and close attention to detail has and will continue to help reduce this figure. Matthew Bailey, Divisional Manager, Inspection and Certification, at HCL Safety, offers his top tips to consider before working at height, and explains why professional inspection and certification can contribute to safer working.
Paradigm shift for sediment management
18 June, 2019
Sameh A. Kantoush and Tetsuya Sumi from Kyoto University in Japan assess how sediment management can be improved basin wide
Bringing industry standards to Nepal’s hydropower sector
07 June, 2019
A pre-emptive maintenance of hydropower plants can save costs and increase profit margins to grow business and meet Nepal’s energy needs, writes Babar Khan
A brighter place
23 May, 2019
Jorge Lascas is a firm believer in the social and economic growth of Africa. Here he speaks with Suzanne Pritchard about how the African Power Platform is striving to make Africa a brighter place for all.
Tailings dam failures – can we minimise the risks?
21 May, 2019
Following the recent catastrophic failure of the Córrego do Feijão tailings dam in Brazil, Craig Goff from HR Wallingford considers the risks associated with these types of dam
The mind does matter
10 May, 2019
Great strides have been taken in recent years to address physical health and safety concerns within our industry. But now, with worldwide experience demonstrating the link between good mental health, site safety and productivity in the workplace, the same effort is needed to address mental wellbeing. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Pumping up potential
01 May, 2019
In its recent working paper on pumped storage, the International Hydropower Association tracks the development of the technology set to help power clean energy transition into the future.
100 Years of the Turgo Turbine
25 April, 2019
Gilkes’ Turgo Turbine makes its centenary year in 2019. Here the company looks at the longevity of the original Turgo design and technology.
Could California host a hydropower renaissance?
16 April, 2019
Michael Ferguson, director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings explores how California’s decision to move towards a 100% renewable energy grid can be a boon for hydro generators
Sharing hydro locally
12 April, 2019
A study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) says that Nepal’s most vulnerable investors will benefit from improved safeguards on local shares in hydropower projects.
ICOLD gets technical about climate change
26 March, 2019
Emmanuel Grenier is the Public Relations Officer for the International Commission on Large Dams. Here he gives an insight into the work being carried out by its technical committee on climate change.