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Improving Pointe du Bois
20 August, 2012
Early works are underway for spillway replacement at Pointe du Bois dam, in Manitoba, reports Patrick Reynolds
Common sense reform
20 August, 2012
Positive steps have been made in the right direction and the licensing of US hydropower projects has improved. However, problems still exist and have the potential to stifle further development. Members of the industry recently gave their testimonies in support of new legislation, which will be of particular benefit to small hydro development. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Unlocking hydro potential
20 August, 2012
Hydropower still has enormous unfulfilled potential in the US. Recent reports suggest that the country’s conventional hydro fleet could be expanded by 15% - without the construction of a single new dam. But can hydro find the right key to unlock such growth potential? Although the Department of Energy has been applauded for its research efforts into energising non-powered dams, the US Army Corps of Engineers has also been criticised for excluding hydro from recent proposals. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
3D monitoring of turbine-generator sets
28 June, 2012
A 3D visualization model can be used to carry out a successful simulation of equipment maintenance, as a project at the Gezhouba Hydropower Station has shown.
U&R hits the headlines
26 June, 2012
Uprating and refurbishment opportunities are generating numerous business transactions in the hydropower industry worldwide. Here we take a look at projects and contract awards which have been hitting the headlines in recent months.
Statkraft latest company trained on Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
19 June, 2012
Employees from Norwegian firm Statkraft have recently been trained on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in sessions organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
Landsvirkjun’s Hvammur project assessed under HSAP
29 May, 2012
A Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) assessment of Landsvirkjun’s Hvammur Hydropower Project in Iceland has been carried out by a team led by Dr Bernt Rydgren of Åf Infrastructure, Sweden, the International Hydropower Association has announced.
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
Itaipu Binacional becomes first Brazilian company trained on Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
11 April, 2012
Employees from Brazilian hydropower generator Itaipu Binacional have completed training on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (Protocol), the International Hydropower Association (IHA) has announced.
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.