New Development

By Elizabeth Ingram What’s a hot topic in the global hydropower industry right now? How climate variability is affecting plant O&M? Check. Energy storage issues and needs? Got it. New small hydro development? Yep. Again this year, the conference planning committee behind HYDROVISION International has ensured this event will cover the gamut of issues relevant to...
Marine Energy

Marine services company Malin Renewables has secured a £1 million (US$1.3 million) contract to supply a 50-tonne wave energy converter. Malin has been appointed by AWS Ocean Energy Ltd to build the half-scale Archimedes Waveswing device, designed for offshore wave energy production. Development of the Archimedes Waveswing is funded by Wave Energy Scotland through its Novel...
Pumped Storage Hydro

What researchers are calling seasonally pumped hydropower storage (SPHS) could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much-needed gap to support the transition to intermittent renewables, according to a study from scientists with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. According to IIASA, SPHS means pumping water into a...
Environmental

A new sustainability fund will aid hydropower project developers and operators in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to benchmark and raise their social and environmental performance. The Hydropower Sustainability ESG Assessment Fund will award CHF1 million (US$1.02 million) to 40 or more hydropower projects between 2020 and 2024. Recipients will receive a grant to...
Finance

Aquila Capital has announced a €250 million (US$269.7 million) expansion of its partnership with Dutch pension investor APG in European hydropower, now up to €550 million (US$593.3 million). The investment will facilitate the expansion of Norwegian-based Småkraft AS, the largest operator of small-scale hydropower plants in Europe. Smakraft has 110 operational plants, producing nearly 1.2...
Marine Energy

Marine energy developer Minesto has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with electric utility SEV, advancing the parties’ collaboration to integrate tidal energy in the Faroe Islands’ electricity mix. The PPA comprises the planned installations of two 100-kW systems of Minesto’s subsea kite technology and an additional 2-MW capacity allocated for installations of utility-scale tidal...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram First and foremost, HYDROVISION International offers unparalleled educational opportunities for hydro industry professionals from around the world. But, HYDROVISION International is also the best opportunity to meet face to face with others who share your interests, to exchange information and make connections. To foster this, we offer a whole host of networking activities that give...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Whether you’re new to the hydroelectric power sector or a seasoned professional, the Waterpower Hydro Basics Course is a perfect opportunity to learn more about all aspects of the industry. Presented July 13 and 14 in conjunction with HYDROVISION International 2020, Waterpower Hydro Basics is an intensive, two-day course designed with a practical curriculum developed...
Research and Development

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says it has redesigned its International Energy Portal to streamline navigation, simplify data presentation and implement responsive design use. The previously available portal was a beta release. The International Energy Portal contains EIA’s country-level energy data. Users can view and download data sets for consumption, production, trade, reserves and carbon dioxide...