New Development

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) in Uganda has lifted its objections to a South African firm conducting a study for a 360-MW hydropower plant at Murchison Falls. According to the tourism ministry, Uganda will approve the feasibility study into building a hydro powerhouse near the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls. This decision comes three months after vowing...
Dam Safety

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center determined that ready access to near-real-time information about flooded roads (via satellite data) could have saved ambulance drivers and other emergency responders an average of nine minutes per emergency response and potential millions of dollars, using the 2011 Southeast Asian floods as a case study. The study is...
Marine Energy

By Jennifer Runyon In a session called “Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies,” at the recent POWERGEN Europe event, three different tidal energy solution providers delivered the message that tidal energy has a place in the energy mix of tomorrow. Drew Braxland, director with Atlantis Turbines and Engineering Services, gave the audience a glimpse at the Raz...
Business

Deep disparities define today’s energy world, the International Energy Agency says, citing a variety of examples: The dissonance between well-supplied oil markets and growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. The gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate...
Finance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected projects to receive up to $24.9 million to drive innovative, industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics industry and increase hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource. Innovative technologies have the potential to increase the affordability of hydropower and marine energy, DOE says. Selected projects will...
Marine Energy

The MUSICA research project has been granted €9 million (US$10 million) to build and test a floating renewable offshore platform, according to a press release from SINN Power. The grant comes from Horizon 2020, a framework supported by the European Union for research and innovation. The MaREI center for Marine and Renewable Energy takes the...