Environmental

The world’s first “shaft hydropower plant,” with the turbine concealed in a shaft in the river bed, is now operating in Germany. This plant was built on the Loisach River in Bavaria, in a nature reserve The new plant concept was developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and scientists say it allows fish...
Jobs and People

Brenda Burman, commissioner of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, has named a new chief engineer: David Raff, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE. The chief engineer role dates to the beginning of Reclamation in 1902. The position was out of use for several decades, but Reclamation has “recreated this historic position for the 21st Century.”...
HYDROVISION International

By Elizabeth Ingram Just one benefit, but an important one, of attending HYDROVISION International 2020 is the opportunity to earn 10 professional development hours (PDH) as a full conference delegate. HYDROVISION International is the world’s largest gathering of hydro industry professionals. It features 80 summit and knowledge hub sessions with about 300 speakers and more...
Business

Fortum has extended its operations and maintenance partnership with Maintpartner (part of Caverion) for 13 hydropower plants in Finland by two years. Maintpartner has been providing the service since 2013. Maintpartner is responsible for the local O&M of Fortum’s hydropower plants along the Oulujoki and Emäjoki rivers in the north and in Imatra region in...
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...