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Dam incident planning
26 May, 2020
A new guide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US, intends to help community planners create a plan to respond to dam incidents that take place in, or affect, their communities.
Hydropower and the impact of COVID-19
18 May, 2020
A recent webinar organised by Norwegian Energy Partners gave an update on COVID-19 and its impact on the hydropower industry. Carrieann Stocks provides an overview from the webinar and also looks at how others in the industry are dealing with this unprecedented situation
Weathering the storm
13 May, 2020
Extreme weather events are challenging water managers across New South Wales in Australia. After prolonged drought and catastrophic bush fires, long awaited rainfall has led to an increased focus on water quality in dam storages. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
The preferred alternative
05 May, 2020
The proposal to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River in the US has been rejected in the draft environmental impact statement for the Columbia River System. Agencies have been working to identify the best way to establish a more collaborative and creative approach to river operations and salmon protection.
Learning the language of sustainable hydropower development
27 April, 2020
Alain Kilajian, Sustainability Specialist at the International Hydropower Association, tells IWP&DC how he is working to promote sustainability in hydropower development
Going global and going public
20 April, 2020
A greater level of transparency is beginning to creep across the mining industry. In the wake of recent tailings dam disasters, a publicly available database on global tailings dams has been launched, as work continues on a new global standard for safer management of facilities.
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.
Conversions improve environmental credentials
09 April, 2020
Thordon reduces hydro maintenance in Spain with numerous water lubricated bearing conversions
Beautiful but deadly – public safety at reservoirs
07 April, 2020
The challenge of managing public safety at UK reservoirs was addressed recently at a meeting held by the British Dam Society in London. Suzanne Pritchard reports.
Fibre optic sensing for dam monitoring
06 April, 2020
Michael Mondanos & Sam Johansson from Silixa explain how distributed fibre optic sensing enhances dam safety by providing early alerts of potential problems
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
Guiding seismic safety
03 April, 2020
Martin Wieland has celebrated 20 years as Chairman of the ICOLD Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design. Here he reflects on past achievements in this important area of work, and asks what can be expected in the future?
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?
How rotomoulding changed safety and debris control forever
02 April, 2020
IWP&DC spoke with Paul Meeks of Worthington Waterway Barriers and discovered how log booms went from environmentally unfriendly pressure treated lumber that was heavy, costly and difficult to work with to lightweight, durable, highly visible and cost effective designs thanks to rotationally molded plastics
Renewable Energy “on chain”
01 April, 2020
Blockchain specialist Unibright is working with an innovative German startup providing renewable energy by decentralised hydroelectric power plants
Investor intervention for tailings dam safety
31 March, 2020
Investors are taking the initiative with efforts to review global progress addressing tailings dam safety in the wake of last year’s Brumadinho disaster in Brazil.
Can you generate more hydro with less dams?
30 March, 2020
Is it possible to generate more hydropower with less dams and better ecosystem outcomes? Research from Shahryar Ahmad, Matthew Bonnema and Faisal Hossain investigates this question
Hydropower embraces digitalisation
27 March, 2020
Digitalisation has become one of the buzz words to take on greater significance in recent years, but just how is the hydro industry embracing this revolutionary concept?
A new wave for hydro
26 March, 2020
Data science and artificial intelligence are powering the UK hydro industry to build a greener energy system. Daniel Pargeter from Limejump gives more details
Novel approach to wave energy generation
25 March, 2020
Wave Swell Energy is developing its Oscillating Water Column technology in Tasmania, Australia. Report by Dr. Tom Denniss, CEO of Wave Swell