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  • Deforestation dries up dams threatening hydropower

    Deforestation may lead to electricity shortages in tropical rainforest regions that rely heavily on hydropower, as fewer trees mean less rainfall for hydropower generation, a study shows. For example, if deforestation continues, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The diverse benefits of hydropower

    With recent floods making headlines in Austria and Germany over the last few weeks, protection against flooding has become a widely discussed issue. Though they are rarely given a second glance, hydropower dams are a first line of defence against flood damage. The RENEXPO HYDRO as part of the RENEXPO Austria taking place in the Messezentrum Salzburg from November 28 - 30, 2013 will showcase a ...


    By Energy-Server - REECO GmbH

  • Xylem wins fish pass pump contract for Laos’ run-of-river hydropower dam

    Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced today that it has won a contract worth U.S. $19.6 million to provide custom-made Flygt pumps for the Xayaburi run-of-river hydropower dam. The dam is located on the Mekong River in the town of Xayaburi, 80 kilometers south of Luang Prabang in Laos. The ...


    By Xylem, Inc.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Enlists Eaton to Lead Electrical Modernization at Philpott Dam Hydropower Facility in Virginia

    Power management company Eaton today announced a $5.4 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, to lead a life extension and electrical modernization project at Philpott Dam in Bassett, Virginia. The agreement includes the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning of electrical powerhouse distribution and control systems, as well as ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Prague to Welcome over 1400 Hydropower & Dams Experts from over 80 countries for HYDRO 2011 Conference in October

    HYDRO 2011, an international conference and exhibition organised by The International Journal on Hydropower & Dams will be held in Prague from 17th to 19th October 2011. More than 1500 participants from 85 countries will attend.  Policy-makers, developers, financiers, and hydro practitioners from all parts of the world will attend the event, which will be held in the Prague ...


    By Aqua Media International Ltd

  • Vermont streamlines hydropower permitting process

    The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is seeking to increase renewable energy in the state by jumpstarting small hydro projects. The agency now is working more closely with developers so they understand the feasibility of their sites and the permits that will be required to enable their projects. Vermont is the only state in the New England region that conducts 'prefeasibility assessments' to ...

  • Powerhouse to aid salmon, boost hydropower

    Puget Sound Energy has begun constructing a new powerhouse on northwest Washington's Baker River to aid salmon runs while boosting the utility's output of renewable hydroelectricity. The 30-megawatt power plant is the latest in a series of major fish-enhancement initiatives undertaken by PSE as part of its 50-year federal operating license for the Baker River Hydroelectric Project. Among other ...

  • Should Hydropower Truly Be Described as Renewable?

    Hydroelectric dams are the quintessential expression of human control of nature. As well as power, they create reservoirs of clean water, which to some are both pleasing to the eye and a place for tranquil recreation. They promise control of flooding, provide a steady supply of water for irrigation and, with time, a source of fresh ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Use and capacity of global hydropower increases

    Global use of hydropower increased more than 5 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Hydropower use reached a record 3,427 terawatt-hours, or about 16.1 percent of global electricity consumption, by the end of 2010, continuing the rapid rate of increase experienced between 2003 and 2009. The cost of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Small hydropower deserves more support

    With the right support, small-scale hydropower could be a cheap and clean fuel for development, says energy advisor Teodoro Sanchez. During the past three decades, hydropower plants have been criticised for their environmental impact. But although large-scale plants have impacts, small hydro systems have no need for large dams, roads and other major infrastructure. In fact, most such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Aurecon appointed EPCM role for Stortemelk hydropower plant

    The project has been developed by NuPlanet (a member of the REH group), which was also appointed to manage the project under a Management Service Agreement. “This project was made possible by the ongoing relationship between ourselves and Aurecon,” NuPlanet managing director Anton-Louis Olivier said.  Having been involved in the project since ...

  • Sweco wins two new hydropower contracts

    In a short span of time Sweco has been awarded two new hydropower contracts worth a total of nearly EUR 3.5 million. A large share of Sweden’s hydropower generating capacity was built in the first half of the 1900s and today the facilities are urgent need of rehabilitation and upgrading in order to maintain their production capacity and increase their output. “Sweco’s engineers ...


    By Sweco

  • Methane From Dams: Greenhouse Gas to Power Source

    SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil (ENS) - Scientists from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, INPE, have published a new study showing that large dams contribute to global warming by releasing the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. The authors propose capturing the methane and using it to generate electricity. Dr. Ivan Lima and his colleagues used a theoretical ...

  • NIB to finance the new Búðarháls hydropower plant in Iceland

    NIB will provide a loan for Landsvirkjun to finance a new hydropower project in Búðarháls, southern Iceland. The 16-year maturity loan totalling USD 70 million (EUR 52.5 million) will help build the new hydropower plant expected to produce 585 GWh of electricity ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Is Canadian hydropower the solution to Northeast’s high energy prices?

    Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Harnessing the World`s Vast Untapped Hydropower Potential

    Bourne’s new hydropower technology promises to open up vast hydropower potential creating a new age of hydropower that can help move the world toward sustainability. Today, hydropower is the world’s major renewable energy, producing 24% of global electricity. It is also our least expensive energy having an average cost of 2-5 cents/kWh. But only 4% of the world’s gross hydropower potential has ...


    By Bourne Energy

  • Dams and climate change threaten the Niger River wetlands

    The combined impacts of new infrastructure schemes and a warmer climate will cause extremely low water levels in the West Sahelian Niger River, impacting the millions downstream and the wider economy. Extremely low water levels in the Niger River are expected to become a regular phenomenon. Wetlands International will present the latest figures based on research with partners. The organisation ...


    By Wetlands International

  • ORNL scientists generate landmark DOE hydropower report

    For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet’s 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation’s electricity. The 98-page report by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Rocio Uria-Martinez, Patrick O’Connor and Megan Johnson is a resource that describes key features of ...

  • China Warns of Three Gorges Dam Catastrophe

    WUHAN, Hubei, China, September 26, 2007 (ENS) - Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental 'catastrophe.' While the dam has served as a barrier against seasonal flooding threatening the ...

  • Hydropower `could supply Africa`s entire power needs`

    Hydropower could supply all of Africa's electricity needs if cross-border cooperation was stepped up, according to a UN report launched last week (12 March) at the World Water Forum in Marseilles, France. Africa currently generates just one third of its electricity from hydropower, but could learn from cooperation ...


    By SciDev.Net

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