Business

As part of a pan-European initiative, one of three leadership-class supercomputers, LUMI, will be located at CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland, and will run on 100% fossil-free hydropower from Vattenfall. LUMI is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, according to a press release, and will be operational between 2021 and 2026. The...
Dam Safety

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has published a summary report on the Oroville Dam Safety Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA), initiated in January 2018 to identify dam safety and operational needs after reconstruction of the spillways damaged in February 2017. A team of experts, including an independent review board (IRB) of dam safety experts,...
Research and Development

“Renewables appear to be immune to Covid-19,” said Fatih Birol of the International Energy Agency this morning, as he revealed that clean energy had defied the pandemic downturn that has hit all other areas of the power sector. Speaking at a press conference for the launch of the IEA’s latest report into renewables, executive director...
Marine Energy

C-Power announced it will commence six-month sea trials in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Navy to test and validate the technical and economic capabilities of its SeaRAY autonomous offshore power system (AOPS). Initially conceived during a U.S. Department of Defense project, the SeaRAY AOPS provides in-situ power, energy storage, and...
Research and Development

Across Europe, renewable power was the largest source of electricity generation for the sixth quarter in a row, as the easing of lockdown restrictions sparked an upturn in demand. Those were the standout statistics in the latest quarterly report on the European power generation market from energy data analyst EnAppSys. The study showed that renewable...
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...
Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has announced a Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) for Improving Hydropower’s Value Through Informed Decision-Making. This opportunity will provide hydropower decision makers — such as utilities and system operators — with national lab expertise and capabilities to address current challenges and capture new opportunities for...
Business

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL researchers estimate that adding floating solar panels to bodies of water that already...
New Development

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has embarked upon developing the 50-MW Atta Abad Lake Hydropower Project on the Hunza River in Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Pakistan. WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) visited the site of the project, located 20 km upstream of Karim Abad. He said that Atta Abad Lake Hydropower...