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The Carruthers Waterwheel
19 January, 2021
New micro hydro technology is bringing electricity to rural communities around the world. The first waterwheel to be patented in 138 years, development of the innovative Carruthers Waterwheel ignores previous design assumptions and applies modern understanding of hydraulics and the basic laws of energy. Report by Dr Alexander Sancho and Dr Ekaterina McKenna

Redefining border lines
12 January, 2021
IWP&DC gives an update on Mekong River developments, plus new research which looks at the importance of subnational river borders.

An unprecedented year
07 January, 2021
We probably all agree that 2020 was an extraordinary year but how has the hydropower and dam industry fared throughout this global pandemic? Suzanne Pritchard reports.

Untapping potential
22 December, 2020
A recent webinar looked at the prospects for hydropower development and modernisation across Central Asia and the Caspian region

First report published by XFLEX HYDRO initiative
30 November, 2020
XLFEX HYDRO – a major EU-funded energy innovation initiative to demonstrate how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon, reliable and resilient power system – today publishes its first major report.

World Energy Outlook 2020 says Covid response can reshape the future of energy, with renewables taking centre stage
13 October, 2020
The acceleration of clean energy transitions, and how quickly energy and climate goals are reached, will depend on how governments respond to today’s challenges, the biggest being the Covid-19 crisis, the World Energy Outlook 2020 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests.

Alperia takes stake in Hydrodata, launches new project
12 October, 2020
Alperia has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Hydrodata, and is launching Water 4.0 – a project with applications in both the hydroelectric and general water sectors.

Manufacturing methods explored for flat-pack hydro energy solution
06 October, 2020
Manufacturing methods for a patented water wheel capable of combating electricity scarcity in developing countries are being explored by developer Carruthers Renewables and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

XFLEX HYDRO flexible technologies decision-tools under development
08 September, 2020
New tools to assist hydropower plant owners to make decisions about investing in technologies for enhanced operational flexibility are being developed by the XFLEX HYDRO project

Leading by example
17 July, 2020
The World Bank, and a collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power, have published case study reports to demonstrate effective operation and maintenance practices, plus the successful development of small hydropower.

Hydropower associations team up to set Covid-19 recovery pathway
19 May, 2020
Sixteen international and national organisations representing the global hydropower sector have released a joint statement setting out guiding principles for energy infrastructure policy in the Covid-19 recovery.

Hydropower over the next decade
15 April, 2020
Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, IWP&DC asked members of the industry for their thoughts on what the next decade may entail for hydropower development across the globe.

How is the hydropower industry responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?
06 April, 2020
IWP&DC takes a look at how the hydropower industry is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what measures are being put in place by companies throughout the industry. This article is being constantly updated as we get new information so please share your company’s updates with us and we will add them here

Chinese-linked hydropower in South-East Asia
20 March, 2020
A recent research project has investigated the motivations behind Chinese involvement in overseas hydropower construction, and the challenges and opportunities for local governments and populations

Working for a common interest
13 March, 2020
For almost 25 years, international cooperation has been at the heart of the International Energy Agency’s Hydropower Technology Collaboration Programme

Independent report says Rufiji environmental assessment is ‘inadequate’
19 December, 2019
The strategic environmental assessment for the Rufiji dam project in Tanzania has been described as ‘completely inadequate’ in an independent review project commissioned by IUCN, the official advisor on natural World Heritage.

First micro hydropower plant completed in Ghana
21 November, 2019
The Bui Power Authority (BPA) has announced the completion of the 45kW Tsatsadu generating station in Ghana’s Volta region, the first micro hydropower plant in the country.

Paradigm shift for sediment management
18 June, 2019
Sameh A. Kantoush and Tetsuya Sumi from Kyoto University in Japan assess how sediment management can be improved basin wide

Hydropower Balkans 2019 will bring key decisions makers together at dedicated platform
03 June, 2019
The 3rd Annual International Investment Summit and Exhibition Hydropower Balkans 2019 (to be held 7-8 November 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a dedicated platform that will bring together ministers, major investors, decision-makers of flagship hydropower plants, and investment project initiators, as well as regulators, in a concerted effort to efficiently execute key projects for hydropower construction and modernisation all over the Balkan region.

New research says dams and reservoirs are reducing the benefits of healthy rivers
09 May, 2019
A global assessment of the location and extent of the planet’s rivers by a team of international researchers has highlighted what it describes as ‘severe degradation’, with just one-third of the world’s longest rivers remaining free-flowing.



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