Turbines and Mechanical Components

A major new energy innovation project to demonstrate how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon, reliable and resilient power system was launched at the United Nations climate change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. The €18 million initiative was announced by the European Commission and a consortium of 19 partners, including the International Hydropower Association....
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...
Technology and Equipment

Staff with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have detailed the depth of its continuing efforts to address cybersecurity challenges facing the nation’s energy infrastructure, including hydropower facilities. The presentation detailed several organizational changes meant to better focus the agency’s resources on quickly evolving cyber challenges, including creation of a new security-focused group within the...