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No time to waste
17 December, 2021
With the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change being described as a reality check, world leaders are being urged to face up to, and act now, on our changing climate. As part of its commitments, the hydropower industry has issued a new manifesto for change which outlines how sustainable hydropower investments can help achieve net zero emissions and limit climate change.
The heart of the matter
14 December, 2021
The hydraulic Fishheart fishway is a Finnish innovation enabling fish to migrate past obstacles. European energy company Fortum has recently installed the system at one of its hydropower plants. Report by Susanna Hyrkäs, Environmental Manager at Fortum
Key to reliable renewables
10 December, 2021
Decarbonisation of the global energy system is key to tackling climate change. However, without sufficient long duration energy storage to provide reliability for intermittent renewables such as wind and solar power, the success of the clean energy transition could be at risk. As the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower highlights, pumped storage has an increasingly important role to play in the years ahead. Suzanne Pritchard reports
Repowering Tummel Bridge
07 December, 2021
SSE Renewables in investing around £50 million in a project to extend the life of Tummel Bridge hydropower plant
An investor’s guide to hydropower in Africa
03 December, 2021
To help meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, and as the world moves towards net zero carbon, African nations will become increasingly reliant on hydropower, which is the continent's main source of renewable energy. However, to fully realise its potential, the African hydropower sector needs to see significant investment over the coming decades. A new investor guide to hydropower is hoping to pave the way across the continent for host governments, private investors and funding parties.
Taking the pressure off
01 December, 2021
Skagit Public Utility District in the US is one of the first water agencies to install a new micro hydro system that harvests excess water pressure from municipal water pipelines, converting it into carbon-free electricity, reducing operational costs and helping to combat climate change.
A world first for Clyde Dam
25 November, 2021
Professor Mark W. Stirling of the University of Otago in New Zealand explains how ancient fragile geologic features have been used to set formal design earthquake motions at Clyde Dam
Technology to InSPIRE
22 November, 2021
Wave energy company Bombora is working in partnership with TechnipFMC to develop a floating wave and wind powered project. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
A challenging feat of engineering: The Ulu Jelai project
17 November, 2021
SMEC shares details on its decade long involvement in Malaysia’s 372MW Ulu Jelai hydroelectric project
Plotting a path to better dam safety at SJWD
16 November, 2021
Aging assets, climate change and creeping urbanisation is increasing both the risks and consequences of failure for dam owners. Now utilities and regulators are partnering up to explore new routes to better dam safety. By David Appleyard.
Support for certification
11 November, 2021
Leading hydropower companies and international organisations have declared their support for a new sustainability certification scheme for hydropower
Hydro rockets towards a better energy future
03 November, 2021
Red Rocket's Kruisvallei hydro project in South Africa’s Free State marks an important milestone in local energy development and underpins the value of its integrated approach.
Aligning with good practice
26 October, 2021
The International Hydropower Association has been engaging with various stakeholders to help build capacity in sustainable hydropower throughout the Western Balkans. With industry-wide sustainability standards and tools available to help guide responsible developments, there is said to be no excuse for hydro projects in 2021 not to be aligned with good environmental and social standards and practices. Suzanne Pritchard reports
Is maintaining pumped storage assets enough?
15 October, 2021
Given the critical role pumped hydro storage plays in being a clean, low-cost and renewable energy storage system, is simply maintaining key hydropower equipment enough? Or, should a more rigorous approach be undertaken to intrinsically ‘improve’ the efficiency at pumped storage hydropower plants for the long term, asks Chloe Hirst of Belzona
Bringing power to the people
11 October, 2021
Sarina Laurence, Communications Consultant for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project in the Solomon Islands, gives an update on construction at the scheme that is giving hope to an entire nation.
HydroTrailer hits the road
05 October, 2021
Scottish company Proterra Energy develops on and off-grid micro hydropower solutions. Here, company director Terry Stebbings gives a personal insight into the development of the HydroTrailer and its installation in developing countries.
Data collection for condition assessment
28 September, 2021
WireScan technology provides dam owners with detailed data for critical condition assessment and Asset management
Advances in hydropower tech can support renewable power system security
21 September, 2021
Innovative hydropower technologies can be a solution to growing demands for flexibility and reliability in renewable energy systems. Report by the International Hydropower Association
Dam development in Indonesia
14 September, 2021
Members of the Indonesia National Committee on Large Dams give an overview of recent activity across the country’s dam industry
Best practices for cyber security
10 September, 2021
Roger Clarke-Johnson of Emerson offers a practical guide to maintaining a strong cybersecurity posture