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Robotic inspections
13 December, 2013
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is developing robotic technology for the inspection of vertical structures, including dam walls.

Hydrokinetic power could provide 3% of annual US power demand, says EPRI
13 February, 2013
A recent project to map and assess hydrokinetic resources in rivers of the continental US has found that these undeveloped resources could provide 3% of the nation’s annual use of electricity, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has announced.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
26 December, 2012

US makes waves as marine power gains popularity
16 October, 2012
Collaborations between the US power industry and academia to develop new technologies for marine power generation are closer than ever before, states a new report by business information specialist GlobalData.

EDF confirms commitment to HSAP, as IHA raises awareness at World Water Forum
16 March, 2012
Électricité de France (EdF) has today confirmed its commitment to using and integrating the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in pursuit of sustainability among its hydropower plants and projects. The news follows the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) integral involvement in raising awareness of hydropower sustainability at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, 12-17 March 2012.

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.

US Govt awards almost $17M for advanced hydropower technologies
07 September, 2011
The US Departments of Energy and Interior have announced funding of nearly $17M over the next three years for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology.

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

EPRI seeks demonstration site
29 March, 2010
EPRI is seeking an additional demonstration site at existing or new hydro power development to install and evaluate the fish-friendly Alden Turbine, with the industry solicitation to be launched in April.

Investigating Aquabank
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

US DoE awards funding for advanced hydro tech projects
17 September, 2009
A total of up to US$14.6M of funding has been awarded by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to help fund commercialisation of hydro power technologies, especially marine and hydrokinetic.

US DoE pushes ocean, river power research
26 September, 2008
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has named the list of organisations it plans to negotiate with for research and development (R&D) funding into hydro power technologies based on ocean and river resources.

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

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

Rising tide of optimism for tidal power
01 March, 2007
Tidal energy capacity in the US and Canada may account for less than 5% of the world’s potential, but 20GW is prize enough for a group of sea power pioneers investing in a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Chris Webb finds that, regulatory matters aside, energy from the oceans is beginning to make its mark

Safety research - new tools for dam analysis
16 November, 2005
Yoshihisa Uchita, Hiroaki Noguchi and Victor E. Saouma share their experiences of identifying the state of the art in seismic dam safety, and report on the development of a computational tool to effectively analyse dams, from the simplest through to the most complex structures

Concentrating on dissolved oxygen
03 June, 2003
Alternative regulatory strategies are being explored in the US to address dissolved oxygen problems. Glenn F Cada, Mark J Peterson and Michael J Sale explain how these strategies emphasise flexibility, increased collaboration and shared responsibility among all water users

Managing modernisation
04 September, 2002
Finding improved ways to evaluate and prioritise expenditure and investment is a must for the utility that strives for success. Niels Nielsen takes a closer look at the modernisation management system BC Hydro has developed to facilitate better decision-making when updating hydroelectric assets



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