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EDF to install Eco-flow Turbinator
15 November, 2017
The Turbinator is a compact small hydro turbine with an integrated permanent magnetised generator. Following successful installations in Norway, CleanPower is now focusing on the market of European eco-flow releases. French energy company EDF has selected it for the upgrade of the eco-flow release on the Raviège dam in the Tarn region in South-West France, the installation is expected to start test production during the first half of 2018.
Turning hydro dreams into reality
15 November, 2017
IWP&DC interviews Alistair Marsden, Sales & Marketing Director at renewable energy developer and consultancy Dulas about the role of hydropower in the UK.
A global challenge
12 October, 2017
Riverlab is a research group based at the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design in the US. Led by Professor GM Kondolf, Riverlab strives to inform project planning and water resources use with a catchment-scale perspective on natural processes. Recently, researchers from Riverlab have been involved in research on geomorphic impacts of hydropower dams, dam sediment trapping, network scale planning of hydropower cascades, geomorphology and sediment transport in many large rivers (mainly in SE Asia).
How to avoid the digital traps of the 21st century
11 September, 2017
Energy companies and water utilities must treat cyber risks as permanent and persistent risks to their entire enterprise, and develop an organisation-wide cyber strategy to ensure effective risk management. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, explains how the hydropower industry can combat rising cyber threats.
The Oroville Incident – an opportunity for dam safety
12 July, 2017
Martin W. McCann, Jr is Director of the National Performance of Dams Programme in the US. Here he talks about what why we should view the recent spillway failure at Oroville Dam as an opportunity to examine the state of dam practices
Welcome to the Batcave
12 July, 2017
A lithium-ion battery and hydropower are working together in the Nordics in an effort to prevent the premature wear and tear of turbines.
Enabling sustainable growth
15 June, 2017
The Opuha Dam project in New Zealand is described as being a great success story for the economic prosperity of the region, enabling the development of a robust agricultural sector covering a wide range of land use activities. Tony McCormick from Opuha Water gives an insight into this scheme and explains how the issues of water shortages and quality are being addressed.
An optimistic picture
01 June, 2017
New research from Oxford University looks at how Chinese dam builders are increasingly adopting international construction standards in response to dam opposition.
Installing hydro for Welsh Water
11 May, 2017
Crispin Angood, Senior Project Manager at Dulas, gives an insight into two new hydropower plants in Conway County, North Wales.
Is pumped storage the key to increasing renewables in Australia?
20 April, 2017
Recent electricity price spikes and a state-wide blackout in South Australia have highlighted the need for reliable power to balance the potential volatility of some renewable power sources. Nick West, civil engineer from power and water consulting firm Entura, gives his thoughts about the future role for pumped storage.
Deep at Mosul
06 April, 2017
Mosul dam, in Iraq, has major ongoing grouting needs. Italian contractor Trevi is performing the vital cut-off wall improvements. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Hydropower’s inherent risk factors
09 March, 2017
Thomas Dietler, Martin Wieland and Martin Fuchs from Poyry give an insight into the natural hazard considerations in hydro power development.
Meeting dam safety standards
15 February, 2017
Colorado’s century-old Beaver Park Dam is rehabilitated to meet dam safety standards. By Douglas Yadon, John Clark and Matthew Gavin
A matter of perception
01 February, 2017
Public perception is often believed to be linked to the hydropower industry’s licence to operate so, ultimately, it affects us all. But what factors can help shape the public’s perception of hydropower? How accurate is this? And is it easy to change?
18 January, 2017
New ICOLD Bulletins are now available from the Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design.
The tunnel tigers
16 January, 2017
SSE unveils a new visitor centre which will tell the story of its hydro heritage in Scotland.