Finance

Natel Energy has closed an $11 million investment, led by Schneider Electric Ventures and supported by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to accelerate deployment of the company’s Restoration Hydro Turbine (RHT). The RHT is a fish-safe unit that enables upgrades to existing low-head hydropower plants while also improving power output and river connectivity, Natel say. The RHT...
Dam Design and Construction

Holter Dam was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame thanks to its long life of performing with high reliability. Successful construction of this dam, on the Missouri River in Montana, required a decade and two different owners. By Jo Dee Black Holter Dam and the associated 48-MW powerhouse — located on the Missouri River...
Marine Energy

Work has begun on a 30-tonne wave machine that will take to the seas in the third quarter of 2020. Fife-based AJS Production will begin fabrication of the 20-m-long Blue Star wave energy converter, designed by Edinburgh start-up Mocean Energy. The half-scale device will be deployed in Orkney and will undergo a number of sea...
Finance

Exelon Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) have all confirmed donations intended to aid customers and others during the COVID-19 outbreak. These donations are in addition to the delay of payment and suspension of disconnection that many utilities are offering worldwide. Exelon, and its family companies, are donating $1.15 million...
Business

What are some of the current trends that are helping the hydropower industry advance in North America? Bill Malus, senior vice president and chief sales officer for Voith North America, says digitalization and automation are two key trends he sees in the U.S. and Canadian markets. Digitalization and automation are important to help improve the...
Controls and Automation

During the COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, pandemic, we have heard daily the importance of good hygiene. Maintain physical distance, avoid unnecessary crowds, and above all else wash your hands. These acts of proper hygiene are meant to keep us safe as the virus continues to take its somewhat unpredictable course. Likewise, another important action we...
New Development

Inland Energy has submitted a request to Peruvian environmental authorities to modify the detailed environmental impact statement for the 228-MW Lluclla and 156-MW Lluta hydro projects and associated 500-kV transmission link. The proposed change entails using a 220-kV transmission line to transport electricity from the plants to the national grid, according to the environmental certification...