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The modern dam engineer
15 February, 2018
Like many industries, the dam industry is influenced by both internal and external factors which can prompt change. IWP&DC was interested in finding out if such elements have affected the engineer’s working life when inspecting dams. We asked members of the industry for their own thoughts about the role of the modern dam engineer: Has this changed in recent years? Are engineers faced with increased challenges? And will this role continue to evolve?
A fair share: sharing the waters of multipurpose reservoirs
19 April, 2016
The multipurpose functions of reservoirs can create competition and conflict, prompting an increasing need for wise stewardship of global water resources. Sharing the water uses of multipurpose hydropower reservoirs is now the focal point of a framework recently produced by Electricite de France and the World Water Council. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
There is no other industry like it
14 April, 2015
For almost 24 years the same executive director has served at the National Hydropower Association (NHA) in the US. It is rare for one individual to be at the helm of any successful organisation for such a length of time, and it is indeed even rarer for that individual to be a woman. Suzanne Pritchard spoke with Linda Church Ciocci from the NHA about her vast experience of working in the hydropower industry.
Power list: who will infuence the hydropower sector in 2014?
25 March, 2014
Who will be helping to shape the hydropower industry in 2014? The editorial team at IWP&DC reveals a list of the people we think will have major influence on the market this year.
13 December, 2013
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is developing robotic technology for the inspection of vertical structures, including dam walls.
A modern approach
17 January, 2013
Ing Bryscejn Milan presents details on the construction and modernization of hydropower plants on the river Labe in the Czech Republic
Gift of the gap
15 May, 2012
Hydro and more transmission links are increasingly key resources to balance intermittent generation as more wind and solar plants are built, in Europe and North America. Report by Patrick Reynolds
The Alaskan way
27 September, 2011
Alaska is proving to be an ideal place to develop a hydrokinetic power industry. Innovative technology ideas, strong interest from utilities and local communities, plus high energy costs are some of the reasons that look set to pave the way for Alaskan power development.
Lighten the load
30 June, 2011
Reservoir sedimentation problems are common the world over in both developed and developing countries. Neglecting this problem means that we leave a negative legacy for future generations. In this article, Sameh A Kantoush, Tetsuya Sumi and Yasuhiro Takemon from Kyoto University, explain how Japan is putting its experience to good use and promoting good reservoir sedimentation management for the future.
Alden turbine update
26 January, 2011
The development of Alden Research Laboratories’ fish-friendly turbine began in 1995. Here Norman Perkins from Alden and Douglas Dixon from EPRI give an update on progress
Uniting European hydropower
27 October, 2010
Hydropower is the most important renewable resource for energy production in Southeast European countries. However competition between water users is becoming a serious problem. The South East Europe (SEE) Hydropower project has been developed to find a way forward for all water users and balance energy demands with environmental and flooding considerations
Tackling the growing problem of sedimentation
09 August, 2010
Worldwide experts will convene in South Africa in September 2010. At the top of their agenda is the growing problem of river sedimentation. Professor Gerrit Basson explains why tackling this issue is of great importance to the dams industry
04 January, 2010
A new venture is pursuing a fresh approach to closed, standardised pumped storage systems in North America – and possibly beyond. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Under the influence - 60 most influential people in the industry
06 October, 2009
Welcome to International Water Power & Dam Construction’s list of the 60 most influential people in the industry. These people have helped shape the course of the global hydro and dams business over the last 60 years. This list – in alphabetical order – is the result of nominations from contacts and readers around the world, and was decided by a panel of industry experts
Power on the cards - wave and tidal developments
19 August, 2009
IWP&DC presents some of the latest news and developments in the wave and tidal power industry
Examining hydro's future role
08 July, 2008
A recent workshop in the US helped to redefine hydro power’s role in the changing generation mix. Report by Tom Key and Patrick March
FERC waives regulatory burden for hydrokinetics
20 June, 2008
To demonstrate its commitment to supporting the development of hydrokinetic energy in the US, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has created a more efficient licensing process tailored to meet the needs of such pilot projects.
Twenty-first century powerhouse
18 June, 2008
Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director of the National Hydropower Association, explains why US hydro should no longer be viewed as a relic of the past
Big plans for small hydro
28 May, 2008
Training workshops and government incentives have formed the basis of successful small hydro development in China. Now the country is working to disseminate small hydro technology on a global basis, explains D Pan
Developments for on-line monitoring of rotors and stator windings
30 April, 2008
Monitoring the operation of hydrogenerators to determine maintenance requirements is not easy, but three developments are showing particular promise for the industry