Controls and Automation

Brazil’s Votorantim Energia has improved the transmission of operating data to national grid operator ONS from four of its hydro plants. The upgrades plants are Sobragi (Belmiro Braga, Minas Gerais state), Itupararanga (Votorantim, São Paulo), Pedra do Cavalo (Cachoeira, Bahia) and Ourinhos (Ourinhos, São Paulo). Details of the investments involved were not disclosed. According to...
Turbines and Mechanical Components

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has received orders, valued at INR3,200 Crore (US$435.6 million), for electromechanical works for the 960-MW Polavaram Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Andhra Pradesh, India and electromechanical works of pump-motor sets for lift irrigation schemes (LIS) in Telangana, India. The order for Polavaram HEP includes manufacture and supply of 12 80-MW...
Government and Policy News

The Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) has granted Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga Hydro SA – HUAHYSA the definitive concession to develop the activity of generating electricity through the 392-MW Central Hidroeléctrica Huallaga I project. According to Ministerial Resolution No. 388-2020-MINEM / DM, published Dec. 30 in the official newspaper El Peruano, the future hydroelectric facility...
Marine Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has announced 10 project selections totaling up to $22 million to support marine energy research and development and testing infrastructure. Seven out of the 10 projects selected will leverage the expertise and intellectual capital of non-federal research institutions, like universities, by supporting foundational R&D...
Marine Energy

The Ocean Energy Smart Grid Integration Project has been launched by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. The C$975,000 (US$760,000) initiative brings together a range of partners in ocean innovation to commercialize the integration of ocean energy solutions into communities. The project will develop a single controller that has algorithms for different communities, whereas currently there is a...
Pumped Storage Hydro

Genex Power Limited (ASX:GNX) announces it has commenced an early works program relating to the 250-MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro). This follows the recent announcement of its Final Investment Decision and reflects the company’s confidence that it is in the position to close out remaining workstreams and reach financial close in February 2021,...
Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) recently announced a Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA) for Improving Hydropower’s Value through Informed Decision-Making. Part of WPTO’s HydroWIRES (Hydropower and Water Innovation for a Resilient Electricity System) Initiative, this opportunity will provide hydropower decision makers — such as utilities and system operators...
New Development

Mitsubishi Corporation has awarded Voith Hydro the electromechanical equipment contract for the 174-MW Asahan 3 hydropower project in Indonesia, which will be operated by state-owned utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). Voith will be responsible for the design, manufacture and supply of two 87-MW vertical Francis turbine and generator units, including the control system, complete electrical...