Hydropower Articles

  • Join a free webinar on Balkans Hydropower investment potential

    Join free webinar on the investment potential of hydropower in the Balkans Learn more about the hydropower investment potential of Balkan countries, as well as industry development plant at the webinar held in the run up to the international Summit and Exhibition "Hydropower Balkans 2017". Register for the webinar: ...


    By Vostock Capital

  • Case study - 49 stations along the Mekong River - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos - Thailand

    The Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) is a Basin Management Organization formed through the joint-cooperation of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. China and Myanmar are also partners with the MRCS. The organization aims at sustainable development on managing water resources & sharing info among the Mekong member countries. In cooperation with the World Meteorological ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • How to make hydropower more environmentally friendly

    Hydropower provides 85 percent of the world’s renewable electricity, but comes with a hefty environmental price tag. Here’s what some are doing to fix that. Humanity got its first large-scale electricity thanks to hydropower. On Aug. 26, 1895, water flowing over Niagara Falls was diverted to spin two generators, producing electricity to manufacture aluminum and carborundum. Since ...


    By Ensia

  • Birth of an AccuMax

    Head of the AccuMax Family In 2015, we released the AccuMax dispenser as the first in a “family” of dispensers. Our goal is to create a line of innovative, user-friendly dispensers built around real feedback from our customers. So, while we may call the AccuMax our “standard” dispenser, there is really nothing standard about it. It was born, so to ...

  • Study: 100% Renewable Electricity System is the Cheapest Option for South America

    Transitioning to a fully renewable electricity system is possible for South America by 2030. A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. also shows that a 100 percent renewable system (100% RE) is the cheapest electricity production option and can be achieved with very little energy storage. "South America has a unique renewable energy ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Optimal control of reservoir release temperature through selective withdrawal intake at hydropower dam

    This study is motivated by the need to understand the temperature dynamics and warm-water temperature withdrawal. This study also recognizes the need for an environmental assessment of the proposed temperature control schemes at New Fengman Dam. An unsteady three-dimensional (3D) non-hydrostatic model is used in the present study to predict the hydrodynamics and thermal dynamics in the forebay ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Understanding water-society nexus: insights from Turkey's small-scale hydropower policy

    Turkey's recent venture involving the construction of hundreds of small-scale hydropower projects is a significant trend, both in regard to its contribution to Turkey's hydroelectricity production and the social and environmental impact of these projects at the local level. Turkey's hydropower policy was premised on a conventional understanding of water driven by science, technology, and the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 3D CFD modelling of velocities and sediment transport in the Iffezheim hydropower reservoir

    The simulation of sediment transport by three-dimensional (3D) modelling is linked with the question of how accurate such models are. The current paper provides a test where detailed field measurements of velocities and bed elevation changes over a 3-month period from a prototype reservoir are compared with simulation results. The SSIIM software was used to compute water flow and sediment ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Idaho Water District’s new Hydroelectric project - case study

    This Irrigation District north of Twin Falls installed a new run of the river hydroelectric facility. In order to protect their new turbines, they installed this Traveling Water Screening System. The majority of debris consists of weeds, tumbleweeds, aquatic plants and urban debris. The 5 screens at this location drop debris on a 60’ long conveyor. The conveyor carries the debris to an ...


    By International Water Screens

  • No Place Is Too Far

    The remote location of hydropower stations is often a great challenge when major repair work is necessary. The refurbishment of a large generator in the Scottish Highlands shows how Sulzer finds cost-effective service solutions even in places miles from nowhere. Much of the UK hydroelectric capacity was built during the 1950s. These installations have performed extremely well, especially ...


    By Sulzer

  • Understanding India-Pakistan water politics since the signing of the Indus Water Treaty

    On 19 September 1960, the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) was signed between India and Pakistan, presumably resolving the conflict of Indus water sharing. Nevertheless, over the years the conflict has re-appeared, dragging both the riparian states into confrontation. This paper explores the reasons that lead to conflict despite the Indus water sharing having already been resolved by the IWT. Analysis ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Multi-year optimal operation strategy of Danjiangkou Reservoir after dam heightening for the middle route of the south–north water transfer project

    The middle route of the south–north water transfer project (SNWTP) was built to relieve the pressure of increasing water demand in northern China. Serving as one of the major storage systems, optimal operation rules should be proposed promptly for Danjiangkou Reservoir, completed by a heightening project. In this paper, in order to seek out the optimal operation rules for Danjiangkou ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evolution of drought management policies and practices in the United States

    The evolution of United States (US) national and federal drought policies is examined, and the relative effectiveness of the hierarchy of federal, state and local drought management programs and practices is evaluated within the context of changing philosophies of water management. While there is no ‘national’ drought management policy, there is a strong federal policy that attempts to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Modeling future changes in the North-Estonian hydropower production by using SWAT

    Climate change is altering temperature, precipitation, and other climatic parameters, affecting sectors dependent on water resources, e.g. energy production. The purpose of this study is to analyze the possible influences of climate change on hydropower potential in North Estonia. In Estonian run-of-river hydropower plants, energy comes mainly from water volume. Thus, changes in hydropower ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cam correlation analysis using Acoustic discharge measurement

    The low head hydro power plant in Wettingen, Switzerland, is in operation since 1933 and no effective cam optimization has been carried out up to now. The goal of the measuring campaign was to provide data enabling an economic study for a retrofit and upgrade project of the plant and the measurement of the efficiency improvement of turbines after refurbishment. The contribution discusses cam ...


    By HydroVision GmbH

  • A real-time operation of the Three Gorges Reservoir with flood risk analysis

    Risk analysis is essential to reservoir operation. In this study, a new analysis for reservoir operation is proposed to enhance the utilization rate of the flood water from the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) during the flood season. Based on five scenarios of hydrology forecasting with the adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS), a multi-objective optimum operation was implemented ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Institutional evolution of Missouri river management

    The Missouri River is the longest river in North America and flows from the semi-arid western states to the relatively moist Midwest. An integrated system of large reservoirs, constructed in the mid-20th century, provides important water storage, hydroelectricity and flood control benefits. This system has been managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers which has traditionally followed its ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Sri Lanka environmental flow calculator: a science-based tool to support sustainable national water management

    As Sri Lankan water resources are being increasingly exploited, particularly for hydropower and irrigation, ecologists, water practitioners and policymakers alike are realizing the importance of protecting these resources and setting environmental sustainability thresholds. Environmental flows (EF) – the concept that helps define such thresholds – has now become an integral part of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Micro-Hydros Earn First Carbon Revenue in Nepal

    MICRO-HYDROS EARN FIRST CARBON REVENUE IN NEPAL While the rugged mountains of rural Nepal don’t lend themselves to grid-fed electricity, their rivers, lakes, and glacial melt offer plenty of renewable resources for energy. Between 2007 and 2014, over 400 micro run-of-the-river hydropower plants were built by the Nepali government with help from the World Bank as ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Monitoring Hydroelectric Dam Sumps - Case study

    The Situation Hydroelectric dams produce electric power by harnessing the force of the water flowing through the dam. There are numerous sources for oil spillage: The hydroelectric turbines are lubricated by lubrication oils. The very large water control valves are normally hydraulic powered and are lubricated with various greases and oils. Vehicles ...

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