Controls and Automation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its sixth CyberForce Competition™, which challenges college students to compete in a realistic cybersecurity defense exercise, will take place virtually on Nov. 14, 2020. Argonne National Laboratory, which hosted the first CyberForce Competition in 2016, manages the competition on behalf of DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and...
Controls and Automation

Several exciting speakers and sessions have been added to the lineup for next month’s HYDROVISION Exchange virtual event. HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review are hosting this completely virtual experience on November 16-19, 2020. The HYDROVISION Exchange will kick off with a powerful keynote address — featuring Bonneville Power Administration Interim Administrator and Chief Executive Officer...
Controls and Automation

Oslo-headquartered Statkraft has selected ABB to ensure the efficiency and reliability of its hydropower operations in northern Norway. ABB will modernize automation, control and power solutions at Statkraft’s Straumsmoand Innset hydropower plants. Both projects will leverage ABB’s distributed control platform ABB Ability System 800xA, which centralizes process control, power management, electrical, and safety within a...
Small Hydro

The City of Hillsboro, Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) and InPipe Energy jointly announced the completion of the Hillsboro In-Pipe Hydroelectric Project – the first renewable energy project featuring the In-PRV system. In-PRV is a smart water and micro-hydro system that generates electricity by harvesting excess pressure from a city water pipeline,...
Rehabilitation and Repair

Itaipu Binacional, operator of the 14-GW Itaipu hydroelectric plant on the Brazil-Paraguay border, has resumed the procurement process for the US$660 million technological revamp of the project. According to BNamericas, the call for the 14-year modernization project was suspended in April due to COVID-19. Itaipu, on the Parana River, is the world’s second largest hydropower...
FERC News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is seeking power industry comments on potential risks to the U.S. bulk electric system from equipment and services produced in countries considered as threats to national security. FERC announced late last week it was seeking comments on those potential risks. Among the topics sought from industry players include insights...
Controls and Automation

Drax Group’s 440-MW Cruachan Power Station, a hydroelectric pumped storage plant built inside the hollowed-out Ben Cruachan Mountain, is to undergo a £1million (US$1.3 million) upgrade to modernize its turbine control system. The Cruachan Power Station, in Argyll, was commissioned in 1965. The upgrade will see the station’s programmable logic controller (PLC) system replaced with...