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22 December, 2020
A recent webinar looked at the prospects for hydropower development and modernisation across Central Asia and the Caspian region
Hydropower modernisation drivers in Latin America and Africa
16 December, 2020
As a mature technology, hydropower has an ageing fleet with nearly half of its global capacity more than 30 years old. This raises the importance of modernisation and delivering innovations to increase resilience and improve efficiency, write Cristina Diez Santos and María Ubierna, analysts from the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
Powered by women
09 December, 2020
Women could be the much-needed catalyst to drive Nepal’s hydropower sector into the future with clearly targeted policies and practices to improver gender equality and diversity. Vikram Kumar from the International Finance Corporation reports.
Harnessing hydropower in Malaysia
07 December, 2020
Malaysia has relatively abundant hydropower resources, albeit unevenly distributed among the different parts of the country, with heavier concentrations in Sabah and Sarawak. The first major hydropower dam, the Chenderoh Dam (27MW), was constructed in 1930. In the decades that followed, systematic development of the country’s natural resources has contributed over 27,300GWh of energy annually from an overall installed capacity of 6240MW. This represents about 17% of total generation capacity (34,200MW) in the country, including gas, solar, coal and other power sources. Report by Zainal Abidin Othman, Director and Chairman of SMEC (Malaysia) Sdn Berhad
Do we need NEED?
02 December, 2020
The authors of new research say that it might be impossible to fathom the magnitude of the threat that global mean sea level rise poses. In an effort to protect over 25 million people, Sjoerd Groeskamp and Joakim Kjellsson suggest the construction of the Northern European Enclosure Dam.
Better and greener - including sustainable hydropower
24 November, 2020
In an effort to encourage countries to include sustainable hydropower development in their Covid-19 recovery plans, the World Bank recently hosted a virtual conference with a host of respected speakers. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Future-proof industrial security
17 November, 2020
Waterfall Security Solutions says that the challenge of securing safe, reliable and continuous operation of hydropower control, protection and safety networks from cyber threats is significant. Here the company explains the benefits of deploying Unidirectional Security Gateways in hydro networks.
A capable and flexible technology
13 November, 2020
Pumped storage hydropower has proven to be an ideal solution to the growing list of challenges faced by grid operators. As the transition to a clean energy future rapidly unfolds, this flexible technology will become even more important for a reliable, affordable and low carbon grid. Nicholas Troja and Samuel Law from the International Hydropower association explain more.
04 November, 2020
Julian Leslie, Head of Networks at National Grid Electricity System Operator, explains how Cruachan pumped storage plant in Scotland is leading a new spin on grid stability in the UK
Investments in Uzbekistan
03 November, 2020
JSC Uzbekhydroenergo is to build three new hydropower plants on the Aksu River in Uzbekistan. IWP&DC spoke with Abdugani Sanginov, Chairman of the Board, to find out more details on the new developments
Virtual planning – faster implementation
29 October, 2020
Doka has streamlined formwork through the use of BIM methods in the Gelbe Haide reservoir project in Austria
Guiding the next generation of professionals
23 October, 2020
The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed 30 young professionals under Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Young Professionals Programme
Working on Dungowan and Mole River Dams
16 October, 2020
Project Director Elliot Hannan gives an insight into work on two of Australia’s most significant water infrastructure projects
Dam monitoring with Rezatec
13 October, 2020
Philip Briscoe, Chief Operating Officer at Rezatec, shares details of the company’s dam monitoring solution, and explains how it can offer greater piece of mind for dam operators globally
Pumped storage development in Europe
06 October, 2020
With EU member states being urged to look at potential pumped storage development in their countries, IWP&DC takes a look how current projects are progressing
Microseismic technology for tailings dams monitoring
29 September, 2020
Tetra Tech has developed microseismic technology that can monitor the structural stability of tailings dams and identify parameters that may cause a failure.
TBM risk assessment for hydropower projects
22 September, 2020
TBM design and construction methodology for long and deep hydropower tunnels should be carefully evaluated during the early stages of a project. All relevant information should be assessed in terms of applicable risks. Dean Brox* explains the importance of performing suitable TBM risk assessments for hydropower projects.
A first for hydropower
15 September, 2020
The world’s first shaft hydropower plant – born out of a concept developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) – has gone on stream in Germany.
XFLEX HYDRO flexible technologies decision-tools under development
08 September, 2020
New tools to assist hydropower plant owners to make decisions about investing in technologies for enhanced operational flexibility are being developed by the XFLEX HYDRO project
Q&A with Steve Davy, Hydro Tasmania
03 September, 2020
With Evangelista Albertini recently named new CEO of Hydro Tasmania, IWP&DC spoke to outgoing CEO, Steve Davy, to ask questions about his experiences at Hydro Tasmania and what his future holds.