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...
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...
Business

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, POWERGEN International and DISTRIBUTECH International will be postponed to March 30-April 1, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. “This has been a difficult decision but the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, employees and the wider public is...
Generators and Electrical Components

This article examines four alternatives used for core and winding repair when localized damage occurs due to a failure. It shows examples where some of these techniques were used, as well as the technical aspects of these repairs. By Mauro Uemori, Edson Alves and Michel Spiridon The most likely component of a hydroelectric plant to fail is the generator, according to a study...
Finance

The AES Corp. will significantly up its stake in a Brazilian renewable energy co-venture, the U.S. power generation company announced Wednesday. Subsidiary AES Brasil will acquire an additional 18.5 percent interest in AES Tietê. Estimated price tag of the transaction with BNDES Participações is $246 million U.S. The financing is primarily secured through Brazilian banks....
Business

Brazil’s energy demand amounted to 294 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) in 2019, with 46.1% supplied by renewable sources, including hydropower, wind, solar and bioenergy. This is up from 45.5% in 2018, according to energy ministry data. Brazil’s electric power matrix is heavily based on renewables, with hydropower accounting for about 64%, wind power...
Pumped Storage Hydro

On August 6, Hydro Review will be hosting a webcast that will address the future of pumped storage hydroelectric power globally. Pumped storage hydropower makes up the vast majority of all installed grid-scale energy storage capacity worldwide. This technology is ideally positioned to support the integration of intermittent renewables (wind and solar) into the electric...
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,...