H&D Content and Mission
The bi-monthly Journal disseminates information on a broad range of topics relating to water resources development and in particular hydropower production, from scientific research papers, to descriptive articles and news items.
State-of-the-art research papers focus on subjects such as improving the efficiency, safety and economy of machinery, materials for dams, or hydraulic research. Project descriptions focus on innovative or challenging schemes, including new developments (large and small) and refurbishments/upgrades.
Policy papers look at national development targets and plans, as well as global challenges such as environmental management, social issues and concerns about climate change.
Special issues focus on the regions of the world with the most active water resources development programmes under way, and large potential for the future (such as Asia, Africa, Latin America).
The Journal also aims to present a balanced view of the role and benefits of hydropower, and to encourage best practice in planning, design, construction and operation.
Papers reflect new trends in the industry, such as developments in marine energy systems, and increasing interest in pumped-storage schemes, to help support the increasing use of intermittent sources of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
Reports are published on the activities and initiatives of the international professional associations, such as ICOLD, IEA, ICID, IWRA, ESHA, the World Water Council, and others.
Participating in industry activities
The team travels extensively throughout the world, to participate at international events, visit projects and to serve on committees and panels.
During 2010, the Hydropower & Dams team organized two major international conferences (ASIA 2010 in Sarawak, Malaysia, and HYDRO 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal). Opening and Closing addresses, and the preparation of an extensive overview report summarizing outcomes, disseminated a huge volume of information on the most critical topics for the industry.
Alison Bartle gave keynote addresses on hydropower at the Symposium during ICOLD’s 78th Annual Meeting in Hanoi (May), and at ICOLD’s 8th European Club Symposium in Innsbruck, Austria (September).
Assistant Editor Steve Usher gave an overview of hydropower in Asia at a high level conference in Rio promoting sustainable hydropower, co-hosted by the Brazilian Government and IEA.
At the ‘Transmission, Distribution and Metering’ Conference, organized by India’s Council of Power Utilities (November), Alison Bartle chaired a session on renewable energy and gave a talk on the role of hydropower.
H&D also participated at the Africa Energy Forum (Basel), HydroVision (Charlotte), Hidroenergia (Lausanne), the 16th International Seminar on Water Powerplants (Vienna) and annual meetings of the British Dam Society and British Hydropower Association (both in Glasgow).