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France’s Grand Maison plant testing HSC technology
13 June, 2022
The Grand Maison hydropower plant in the French Alps – which is part of the European Union (EU)-funded XFLEX HYDRO initiative – is testing how Hydraulic Short Circuit (HSC) technology can enable the simultaneous use of very high head pumps and Pelton turbines, using smart digital controls.
BUMAX fasteners verified in pilot tidal project in France
22 March, 2022
Sweden-based BUMAX has announced that its premium stainless steel fastener solution has been verified by a pilot tidal power project in France, with the fasteners suffering no corrosion, wear or galling after two years of operation in extreme conditions.
Minister updates progress at Cameroon’s Nachtigal project
04 January, 2022
Civil engineering works at the 420MW Nachtigal project are over halfway complete, Cameroon’s Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, updated during a recent site visit.
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.
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
Support for certification
11 November, 2021
Leading hydropower companies and international organisations have declared their support for a new sustainability certification scheme for hydropower
Good practice guide released for hydropower in conservation areas
21 September, 2021
Guidance has been released to help hydropower planners design and implement projects that carefully co-exist with and support protected conservation areas.
Calls for sustainable hydropower to address climate change
07 September, 2021
The need for sustainable hydropower to tackle the climate emergency was the subject of discussion on the opening day of the World Hydropower Congress, with both Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Blair agreeing that the potential absence of sufficient hydropower capacity is the “ignored crisis within the climate crisis”.
Uzbekhydroenergo and EDF explore plans for collaboration
20 April, 2021
Uzbekistan’s state hydropower developer Uzbekhydroenergo (UGE) and French generating firm EDF could work together on the development of the first pumped storage project in Uzbekistan after reaching preliminary agreements on operational ventures and organizational collaboration at a recent meeting.
Major step forward in XFLEX HYDRO initiative as battery system arrives
08 April, 2021
A battery energy storage system (BESS) container set to be used in an XFLEX HYDRO initiative to hybridise one of the units at EDF’s Vogelgrun hydropower plant has arrived at site, marking a major step forward for the project.
Installation work underway on EWP-EDF One Wave Energy project, Israel
05 March, 2021
Eco Wave Power has announced that, pursuant to the engineering coordination permit from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv Jaffa, it has officially commenced preparation works for installation of floaters on the sea wall of the Port of Jaffa, Israel, as part of its landmark One Wave Energy project with EDF.
Eco Wave Power reaches regulatory milestone for Israel wave energy project
16 February, 2021
Eco Wave Power has secured the engineering coordination permit from the Municipality of Tel-Aviv Jaffa for the cement works and installation of ten floaters for the EWP-EDF One wave energy project in the Port of Jaffa, Israel – a significant regulatory milestone for the project.
XFLEX HYDRO progress report
04 January, 2021
New report explores hydro’s role in delivering a renewable and flexible power system
New issue of Dam Engineering: Volume XXXI, Issue 2
05 November, 2020
The latest issue of Dam Engineering (Volume XXXI, Issue 2) has been published.
International forum for pumped storage to be launched this week
02 November, 2020
A Global forum will be launched this week to develop policy proposals and exchange knowledge on the technical and market reforms necessary to overcome barriers to sustainable pumped storage hydropower projects, known as the ‘world’s water batteries’.
EDF commissions Romanche-Gavet hydro plant
15 October, 2020
The 97MW Romanche-Gavet hydroelectric plant has been commissioned by EDF following a ten-year construction period.
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
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
Hydropower CEOs say sustainable hydro can help Covid-19 recovery efforts
18 June, 2020
Hydropower needs to be included in economic stimulus packages for renewables to help aid Covid-19 recovery efforts, hydropower CEO’s said in a meeting with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Hydropower Association (IHA).
XFLEX HYDRO project underway as teams start to establish demonstration projects
03 June, 2020
Demonstration projects in France, Portugal and Switzerland are being set up by teams working for XFLEX HYDRO – a project set up to show how more flexible hydro assets can help countries and regions to meet their renewable energy targets.