Dam Safety

The upcoming HYDROVISION Exchange virtual event really does offer something for everyone, with nearly 20 different content sessions over four days, divided up by several topics. 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...
Environmental

In response to the recently released No More New Hydropower in Europe: A Manifesto, a spokesperson with the International Hydropower Association issued the following response: “Any infrastructure project, whatever its size or scale, should have a strategic fit and be developed and operated sustainably to avoid negative effects on biodiversity. Properly planned hydropower projects of all...
Marine Energy

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, announced it has joined forces with the Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) to develop a large-scale tidal energy site off the Isle of Wight, England. This site will be eligible to bid into future UK Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation rounds, according to a press release....
New Development

Stichting BirdLife Europe has released No More New Hydropower in Europe: A Manifesto, which calls on EU institutions to stop supporting the construction of new hydropower plants. The manifesto says: “For decades in Europe we have been building hydropower plants along our rivers, damaging one of the most precious resources for all life on earth:...
Business

Norsk Hydro ASA and Lyse plan to merge part of their respective hydropower production to create a stronger joint hydropower company called Lyse Kraft DA. The agreement secures long-term access to renewable power for Norsk Hydro’s industrial operations in Norway, according to a press release. Lyse Kraft DA will have a normal annual power production...
Research and Development

Wind and hydro have been secured for flexibility in a first of its type contract by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). The contract covers 5.9MW of flexibility from four sites, one of wind and three of hydropower on the Isle of Skye to support the Scottish network operator’s system. This is the first contract...
Business

Scatec Solar has signed a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in SN Power AS, a hydropower developer and independent power producers, from Norfund for a total equity value of USD 1.166 billion. According to a press release, the acquisition forms an important part of Scatec Solar’s broadened growth strategy, with an ambition...
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...