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A need to reassess dam safety
11 May, 2023
Climate change is only one of many natural and man-made hazards which are changing with time, and must be taken into account in dam safety assessments. Martin Wieland explains why there is an urgent need to evaluate the seismic safety of existing dams.
Reflecting on the FutureDAMS project
06 March, 2023
As its work drew to a close last year, members of the FutureDAMS research team reflected on the lessons they have learned about the water-energy-food-environment nexus since the project first swung into action in 2018.
Large dams face around 26% loss of storage by 2050 says new research
13 January, 2023
Large dams worldwide have lost an estimated 13% to 19% of their combined original storage capacity as a result of trapped sediment, with that number set to rise to 23% to 28% by 2050, new UN research warns.
Training – more relevant than ever
12 January, 2023
As the clean energy transition gains momentum, and with an ever-increasing pressure on existing water resources and evolving best practices, there has never been a more important time to build skills and capacity within the water power and dams industry. IWP&DC asked members of the industry to share their thoughts on why training is now more relevant than ever.
Mekong Dam Monitor: Providing a Picture of How Dams Impact the Mekong River
13 July, 2022
Mekong Dam Monitor data reveal impacts of upstream dams and point to ways transboundary cooperation can improve downstream outcomes during times of drought and crisis. Brian Eyler, Alan Basist, Regan Kwan, Courtney Weatherby and Claude Williams give more details.
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.
Gaining greater insight
08 February, 2022
Industry-wide reports and conferences highlight the need to learn from climate change, dam failure and promoting diversity.
A world first for Clyde Dam
25 November, 2021
Professor Mark W. Stirling of the University of Otago in New Zealand explains how ancient fragile geologic features have been used to set formal design earthquake motions at Clyde Dam
Dam development in Indonesia
14 September, 2021
Members of the Indonesia National Committee on Large Dams give an overview of recent activity across the country’s dam industry
Loan agreed for dam safety project in India
18 August, 2021
The Government of India, the Central Water Commission, government representatives from 10 participating states and the World Bank have signed a $250 million project to support the Government of India’s long-term dam safety program and improve the safety and performance of existing dams across various states of India.
Safety management of dams – the Australian practice
03 June, 2021
Dr Gamini Adikari and Natalie Kho of SMEC present details on dam safety practice and legislation in Australia
24 February, 2021
IWP&DC spoke with Devendra Kumar Sharma, Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams, and President of the Indian Committee on Large Dams, about current and future dam building in India
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.
Harnessing hydropower in Malaysia
07 December, 2020
Malaysia has relatively abundant hydropower resources, albeit unevenly distributed among the different parts of the country, with heavier concentrations in Sabah and Sarawak. The first major hydropower dam, the Chenderoh Dam (27MW), was constructed in 1930. In the decades that followed, systematic development of the country’s natural resources has contributed over 27,300GWh of energy annually from an overall installed capacity of 6240MW. This represents about 17% of total generation capacity (34,200MW) in the country, including gas, solar, coal and other power sources. Report by Zainal Abidin Othman, Director and Chairman of SMEC (Malaysia) Sdn Berhad
Better and greener - including sustainable hydropower
24 November, 2020
In an effort to encourage countries to include sustainable hydropower development in their Covid-19 recovery plans, the World Bank recently hosted a virtual conference with a host of respected speakers. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
A capable and flexible technology
13 November, 2020
Pumped storage hydropower has proven to be an ideal solution to the growing list of challenges faced by grid operators. As the transition to a clean energy future rapidly unfolds, this flexible technology will become even more important for a reliable, affordable and low carbon grid. Nicholas Troja and Samuel Law from the International Hydropower association explain more.
Revisiting the debate on large dams
03 April, 2020
Twenty years have passed since the World Commission on Dams issued its final report. Christopher Schulz from the University of Cambridge in the UK asks if the commission mattered and what have been its impacts and legacies?
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