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Costs updated for Lower Churchill project
28 June, 2022
The total forecasted project cost for the Lower Churchill Project is set to increase from C$13.11 billion to C$13.37 billion, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has confirmed, stating that it will not need any equity from the province and will cover the increase through internal funding sources.The company has also shared an update on the development of software required to complete the Labrador Island Link (LIL) portion of the project.
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.
Coire Glas tenders submitted
06 June, 2022
Plans for the first large-scale pumped storage scheme to be built in the UK for more than 30 years has taken a major step forward as tenders have been received for the project’s main construction works.
GE led consortium to upgrade Itaipu hydro plant in Brazil and Paraguay
06 May, 2022
A consortium led by GE Renewable Energy’s hydropower business will be responsible for the technological upgrade of the 14GW Itaipu hydropower plant on the Paraná River between Brazil and Paraguay.
GE to help modernise São Simão plant, Brazil
23 March, 2022
A consortium led by GE Renewable Energy is to modernise the generating units and auxiliary services at the 1710MW São Simão Hydroelectric Power Plant in Brazil after signing a contract with SPIC Brasil.
GE to refurb generators at Bitsch hydro station, Switzerland
17 March, 2022
GE Hydro Solutions is to refurbish two 120 MVA vertical synchronous generators at the Bitsch power plant station in Wallis, Switzerland under a service contract with HYDRO Exploitation SA, acting on behalf of the asset owner Electra-Massa SA.
Satellite sediment management
11 March, 2022
HYPOS is a new toolbox that enables sediment management to be powered by satellite technology and helps hydropower planners and managers overcome the challenges posed by sedimentation.
Invitation to tender issued for Coire Glas main construction contracts
08 February, 2022
Six groups have been invited to submit tenders for construction of the proposed pumped hydro storage scheme at Coire Glas, on the shores of Loch Lochy near Invergarry, Scotland – the first large-scale pumped hydro storage scheme to be built in the UK for more than 30 years.
GE to help refurb Long Lake hydro plant, US
13 January, 2022
GE Renewable Energy is to modernize four generator units at the Long Lake hydropower plant in Washington, US, under a service contract with Avista Utilities. Upon completion of the refurbishment project, the facility will have an installed capacity exceeding 100MW.
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
GE to provide O&M support for Igarapava hydro plant, Brazil
09 December, 2021
GE Renewable Energy's Hydro Solutions is to provide full operation & maintenance (O&M) services for the 210MW Igarapava hydroelectric plant in Rio Grande, Brazil. GE was one of the project’s main suppliers during its construction and installation.
Support for certification
11 November, 2021
Leading hydropower companies and international organisations have declared their support for a new sustainability certification scheme for hydropower
Advances in hydropower tech can support renewable power system security
21 September, 2021
Innovative hydropower technologies can be a solution to growing demands for flexibility and reliability in renewable energy systems. Report by the International Hydropower Association
Contractors shortlisted for Coire Glas work
13 September, 2021
SSE Renewables has announced a shortlist of tenderers for the civil engineering and mechanical and electrical works for the proposed 1.5GW pumped hydro storage scheme at Coire Glas in Scotland’s Great Glen.
Smart hydropower tech demand to grow rapidly, says industry survey
13 August, 2021
Demand is set to soar for innovative new hydropower technologies which provide flexibility and resilience for electricity grids, according to a new industry survey.
Funds approved for new hydro in Côte d’Ivoire
02 August, 2021
The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company, has agreed to lend €25 million to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE) to help build a 44MW hydroelectric plant on the Bandama River near the village of Singrobo in Côte d’Ivoire.
HydroLand expands hydropower portfolio through new acquisitions
09 July, 2021
US renewable energy company HydroLand has acquired two small hydropower facilities from Northbrook Carolina Hydro II, LLC, adding to a 25MW portfolio it acquired from Enel Green Power North America earlier this year.
GE launches new product for underwater hydropower turbine condition assessment
26 May, 2021
GE Renewable Energy has introduced a new underwater robotized hydropower turbine inspection solution designed to be able to inspect between the runner blades of a turbine – which the company said is a first of its kind in the hydropower condition assessment field.
Chelan PUD and GE team up for Rock Island rebuild
07 May, 2021
Chelan PUD and GE Renewable Energy have reached an agreement that will see the eight 42-year-old turbines at Rock Island Powerhouse II rebuilt one by one starting in 2022, at an estimated cost of $210 million.