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Big in Africa
17 May, 2016
Details on 10 of the largest hydropower projects in Africa, from ageing projects through to those still in development stage. Listed in alphabetical order.

Asian advance
16 March, 2016
Hydro projects of all stages continue to make Asia a growth sector. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Funds for flows: financing hydropower
29 July, 2014
Finance support is increasing for a wide range of hydro developments and research. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Pumped storage: underground challenges
02 July, 2014
As Europe’s push for wind and solar drives pumped storage, part of the design and maintenance challenge for hydro lies underground. Report by Patrick Reynolds

African leap
16 May, 2013
A swathe of hydro projects – both large and small – are under development or in construction across the middle of Africa. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Pumping power in Germany
21 January, 2013
The rapid uptake of wind power projects in Germany is creating a renaissance for pumped storage schemes across the country. Recent studies suggest that there may be more than 300GW of potentially feasible sites in the country, with an estimated 2-3TWh of storage capacity. Michael Heiland and Robert Achatz from Hydroprojekt give more details.

Powerhouse positioning
13 February, 2012
In this paper, Chongjiang Du looks at the feasibility of incorporating a powerhouse into the hollow space of extra high hollow RCC gravity dams

Sizing up African hydro
04 October, 2011
A wide range of project sizes are under development in Africa from the mid-range Ruzizi project to large schemes like the Mandaya-Beko Abo and Millennium projects. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Old and new at Waldeck
15 April, 2011
With the liberalisation of the electricity market and the rapid expansion of wind power, increasing use is being made of pumped storage power plants to provide balancing power. This is creating a favourable climate for investment in the preservation of existing and the construction of new plants of this type. Martin Rau from E.ON Wasserkraft explains how the combined refurbishment and rebuild project at Waldeck pumped storage plant in Germany has helped to secure efficient plant operation for another generation

Multiple benefits
20 September, 2010
Hydro and multipurpose projects are being sought more due to climate concerns and are vital in regions of high water stress, such as Ethiopia. Report by Patrick Reynolds

Onwards and upwards
04 June, 2008
Construction of the Rogun hydroelectric project was suspended after the break-up of the former Soviet Union, but work at the site in Tajikistan is expected to be resumed in the near future. Roland Schmidt reports on the challenge of completing this complex project

Green light for Omkareshwar
14 September, 2007
Through the intervention of India's Supreme Court at a crucial juncture, one more dam-based hydroelectric project in India - the 520MW Omkareshwar scheme - gets ready for commissioning

Tunnelling equipment - digging deep, breaking records
24 April, 2007
Tunnelling has come a long way since the pioneering days of the 'Hydro Boys*', the drill-and-blast heroes of the Scottish Highlands. Construction of today's water power tunnels uses a sophisticated array of machines where virtually no underground obstacle is insurmountable. Chris Webb reviews some recent developments

When the wind blows
01 December, 2002
The Midlands dam in Mauritius has been completed on-schedule, although the site is in an area prone to cyclones

Postcards from AFRICA
15 January, 2001
A tour of hydro projects around Africa

Japan expands Okutadami and Otori
14 November, 2000

Green light for reservoir impounding at Karkheh
15 September, 2000
The Karkheh multi-purpose dam project is the largest public works project in Iran. E Failer and R Espandar describe the merits of this multi-purpose scheme

Keeping the faith
15 September, 2000
At the World Hydro Forum members of the industry tried to puzzle their way out of the ethical conundrum which dams worldwide are facing. Suzanne Pritchard reports

Contractors move in to Goldisthal
09 July, 1998

A unique opportunity
11 May, 1998
Large dam projects cause furious debate. The World Commission on Dams was formed in November 1997 to help balance energy needs and environmental concerns in such projects. Richard E Bissell* explains the Commission’s genesis and goals

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