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...
Controls and Automation

Maintaining cyber resilience across the ecosystem is a challenge for all organizations and a priority for critical infrastructure sectors such as electricity, highlights the World Economic Forum (WEF). The COVID-19 crisis has forced everyone to become heavily reliant on the internet and its digital economy. The WEF advises businesses to consider cyberattack from a business perspective,...
Rehabilitation and Repair

ENEE, the state power company in Honduras, says the potential environmental and social impact of the planned US$37 million overhaul of the 300-MW Francisco Morazán hydro complex (also called El Cajon) would be low to moderate. ENEE just released the project’s environmental and social evaluation and environmental management plan, according to BNamericas. Francisco Morazán is on the...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram  With more than 3,000 hydropower professionals from around the world gathered in one place at the same time, HYDROVISION International provides the perfect opportunity to give attendees access to a wide array of what we call co-located events. These activities offer additional valuable learning and networking opportunities beyond the traditional summit (conference) sessions...
Controls and Automation

Valmet will supply a central control and data collection system to operate PVO-Vesivoima’s hydro power plants in the Iijoki, Kemijoki and Kokemäenjoki rivers in Finland. PVO-Vesivoima Oy produces electricity with its hydropower plants in the Iijoki, Kemijoki and Kokemäenjoki rivers. The total annual energy production output of the company is about 1.7 TWh. Valmet’s delivery...
Government and Policy News

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week that prohibits bulk power system equipment from foreign companies because his administration believes it could put the U.S. electricity system at risk. The Executive Order on Securing the United States Bulk Power System authorizes Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to prohibit federal agencies and U.S. entities...