hydropower project News

  • Capital increase to invest in hydropower

    Austrian utility VERBUND is planning a capital increase, representing the company's first equity transaction since its IPO in 1988, allows for a more rapid realisation of the company's investment plan. This mainly focuses on domestic hydropower projects and the modernisation of the transmission grid. The Austrian government is to propose a bill to the parliament to obtain permission to subscribe ...

  • Hydropower and Photovoltaic in the Spotlight

    RENEXPO Austria Salzburg prospectively combines two trade fairs: RENEXPO HYDRO, the largest small hydro trade fair within the German-speaking area and RENEXPO PV, that consequently is further expanding its position as largest photovoltaic (PV) trade fair in Austria. “The new concept is based on the fact that over the last years both hydropower and photovoltaic have emerged as determining ...


    By Energy-Server - REECO GmbH

  • Surge in UK hydropower schemes

    The number of small-scale hydropower schemes to generate energy from rivers in England and Wales has surged in the last decade, according to figures from the Environment Agency. The number of new licences issued by the Government agency for hydropower schemes has increased by a factor of six since 2000. Thirty-one new licences for ...

  • 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

  • NIB places credit line with Sparebank 1 SMN for hydropower projects in Norway

    The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has signed a loan agreement totalling NOK 1 billion (EUR 133 million) with Sparebank 1 SMN for onledning to small and medium-sized hydropower enterprises in Norway. The 15-year-maturity loan programme is earmarked to finance Sparebank 1 SMN's  hydropower projects, most of them between ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Hydropower projects lack transparency and could displace thousands in Cambodia, says UN

    Over the past year Phnom Penh has been considering several multi-million dollar dam projects around the lush Cardamom mountains and in other regions which threaten the country's wildlife and, if implemented, could lead to the displacement of thousands of people. “The prime minister has been pushing to build these dams very quickly,” said Seng Bunra, Cambodia’s country director for Conservation ...


    By IRIN

  • ANDRITZ to supply electromechanical equipment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in Laos

    ANDRITZ HYDRO, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from the Phonesack Group Limited to supply electromechanical equipment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The scope of supply comprises design, manufacturing and the supply of the complete electromechanical equipment, including three vertical Francis ...


    By ANDRITZ MeWa GmbH

  • HydroXpert SAS Releases SIMAHPP5 to analyze and valuate hydropower projects

    SIMAHPP is tool for Windows Platform used to simulate and assess the feasibility of hydropower projects combining hydraulic, financial, and environmental parameters. Since its first release in 2009, SIMAHPP has been used internationally by consultants, well established companies and universities in 30+ countries in Europe, North and Latin America, Africa, Asia & Australia.  ...


    By Hydroxpert Technology

  • Pöyry supervises the construction of the Xayaburi hydropower project as Government of Lao Engineer

    /www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Pöyry supervises the construction of the Xayaburi hydropower project as Government of Lao Engineer Pöyry supervises the construction of the Xayaburi hydropower project as Government of Lao Engineer PÖYRY PLC          Press release 9 November 2012 Pöyry's Energy Business Group ...


    By Pöyry Energy

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Entec identifies potential hydropower hotspots

    Entec, on behalf of the Environment Agency, has completed a report to identify where hydropower could be deployed in England and Wales to help tap into the unused power potential of British rivers.This is the first stage of a project that will ultimately allow the Environment Agency to develop a more strategic approach to the deployment of small-scale hydropower in England and Wales that ...


  • Hydropower needs ‘new climate knowledge’

    In a region where on average more than 60 per cent of electricity is provided by hydropower facilities — in contrast to a less than 20 per cent globally — the future of water availability matters. So, this issue dominated the second day of the Conference for Latin ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • NIB finances hydropower loan programme in Norway

    The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Norwegian Sparebanken Vest have signed a loan totalling NOK 500 million (EUR 64.4 million) for a loan programme aimed at small, local hydropower plants. The 10-year-maturity loan will be used for financing Sparebanken Vest's new loan programme for new hydropower projects and upgrading existing hydropower plants. The loan ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • 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 ...

  • Hydropower conference discusses links with climate change

    The first day of the Congress revolved around the theme 'water, energy and climate change,' while on the second day, participants engaged in a seminar on hydropower and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as a discussion panel on hydropower markets. On the first day, participants heard a presentation from the IUCN, describing IUCN's Water and Nature Initiative and the development of a global ...

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