Pumped Storage Hydro

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Pumped Storage Hydro

Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has engaged design and engineering firm SMEC to provide detailed engineering and project management services on the 500-MW Kundah Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in India. State agency Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO) is the project proponent and asset owner. The project, in the Nilgiris hills of...
Technology and Equipment

Energy Cast is a podcast featuring some of the top experts across all links in the energy industry chain, including hydropower, renewables, generation and more! Jay Dauenhauer created the show and has been hosting Energy Cast for several years. I’m a huge hydroelectric supporter and always disagree with the notion that U.S. hydropower potential is...
Environmental

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) is seeking an environmental permit for the 150-MW El Sireno hydroelectric project in northwestern Colombia. The project is earmarked for Urrao in Antioquia department and would require investments of COP1.28 trillion (US$350 million), according to documents filed with national licensing authority ANLA. According to BNamericas, the request comes as EPM...
Finance

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Abuja-based Konexa for a feasibility study that will evaluate Nigeria’s access to reliable, privately generated renewable energy. Konexa intends to develop up to 2.5MW of solar PV energy to serve grid and under-grid customers. The company also plans to incorporate 30MW of hydropower...
Dam Safety

Studio Pietrangeli recently signed a contract with Enel Green Power to design the rehabilitation of Pontecosi Dam, located in Tuscany, Italy. Pontecosi is a concrete gravity dam built about 100 years ago, in 1925, on the Serchio River. It is 33 m high and impounds Pontecosi Lake, with a capacity of about 3 million m3....
Rehabilitation and Repair

The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan has announced that the three-year project to modernize the Kadyrinskaya Hydropower Plant (Kadyrinskaya HPP-3) has been completed on time. The $27.6 million modernization project was conducted in partnership with Chinese hydropower enterprise Dongfang Electric International Corporation. Russian hydro technical design companies JSC Hydroproject, JSC Suvsanoatmash and JSC Uzbekgidroenergostroy also...
Research and Development

Celec, the state power corporation of Ecuador, has launched bidding to update its hydroelectric potential of medium- and large-scale projects (more than 25 MW). According to BNamericas, the work entails a review of 10 of 20 projects identified in 2018 for a combined 9 GW as part of a wider analysis of renewable energies to...