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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.
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.
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.
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.
Major new initiative launched to showcase new hydro technologies
11 December, 2019
An €18million four-year project has been launched that will showcase new and innovative hydropower technologies and support the integration of variable renewables such as wind and solar into the power grid.
La Coche hydro plant inaugurated in France
15 October, 2019
EDF has announced that the La Coche power plant has been inaugurated in Savoie, France, with the facility increasing the total capacity of the La Coche pumped-storage hydro facility by 20%.
Eco WavePower and EDF form new JV for wave power pilot
14 August, 2019
Eco Wave Power has teamed up with EDF Renewables in Israel to create a new firm, EWP EDF One Ltd, to work on a 100KW pilot project, using the Eco Wave Power’s technology,
2019 IHA board election results announced
12 July, 2019
Eighteen hydropower sector leaders from around the world have been elected to the board of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), it was announced today.
World Hydropower Congress 2019 opens in Paris next week
09 May, 2019
The 2019 World Hydropower Congress opens in Paris next week, drawing more than 700 delegates from over 70 countries to the French capital.
GE to supply turbines to Nachtigal, Cameroon
26 February, 2019
GE Renewable Energy (GE) is to provide seven 60MW Francis turbines for the new Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon in an $87million contract awarded by Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC).