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  1. DOE ups HydroNEXT funding for pumped-storage, conventional hydroelectric power technologies

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $9.8 million in funding toward pumped-storage and hydroelectric power conversion technologies as part of its HydroNEXT program. The initiative is being administered by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and seeks make hydro development easier through the development of modular, cost-efficient innovations. Selected for the pumped-storage sector were: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.): NREL will couple a Ternary pumped-storage unit with "sophisticated" transmission monitoring and control equipment, making the project a proof-of-concept for improving pumped-storage components' integration into other renewables projects; Obermeyer Hydro Accessories Inc. (Wellington, Colo.): Obermeyer is developing reversible pump turbines with submersible permanent magnet motor generators. DOE said the scalability and versatility of this design makes it applicable for a number of storage projects; and Shell Energy North America (Houston): Shell is investigating the feasibility of building a 5 MW closed-loop project that will include an artificial upper reservoir, a floating barge housing generating equipment, and a submerged, bag-like lower reservoir. Receiving funding to advance technologies for adding generation to non-powered dams were: Canyon Hydro (Deming, Wash.): Canyon will work to further optimize the design of traditional Archimedes screws for use in low-head high-flow sites, while also looking to reduce manufacturing and transportation costs through modular designs; Natel Energy, Inc. (Alameda, Calif.): Natel will test a lab-scale version of its "hydroEngine" turbine, which it describes as a "linear Pelton"; and Rickly Hydrological Co. (Columbus, Ohio): Rickly will design and lab-test powertrain, modular infrastructure components and design software designed to simplifiy small hydrodevelopment at non-powered dams. "The non-powered dam technology projects will help tap this resource by supporting the development of low-head, modular designs, which use separate, similar components that can be easily integrated and scaled to greater capacities," EERE said, noting that only 3% of all dam infrastructure in the U.S. generates power. "Modular designs can reduce infrastructure and construction costs and operate flexibly over a range of conditions at existing dams." The HydroNEXT plan was unveiled by DOE concurrently with its Hydropower Vision plan at HydroVision International 2016.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  2. Antofagasta plc to transfer share for 531-MW Alto Maipo hydropower project in Chile

    Chile-based copper mining group, Antofagasta plc through its Minera Los Pelambres subsidiary, will transfer its share in the Alto Maipo Co. to AES Gener S.A. The transfer follows the announcement of a forecast 10 to 20% total cost overrun for the US$2.05 billion 531-MW Alto Maipo hydroelectric ...

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  3. Utility trucks: Hydro and air vacuum excavator truck

    Safety products: WRS Environmental Services commissioned its new URBAN X Hydro and Air Vacuum Excavator truck, offering greater safety, efficiency, productivity in sensitive applications.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  4. Chile, China sign MOU to build 5.4-MW Condor small hydro power project

    Schwager Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shenyang Yuanda Commercial & Investment of China for construction of the 5.4-MW Condor small hydro power project in Chile.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  1. BNEF: 2016 new investment lower in clean energy including small hydropower and marine energy

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  2. Hydroelectric Power : Feds reject Idaho utility's bid to negate Oregon fish law

    Federal authorities on Thursday rejected a request by an Idaho utility to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon.

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    Sat, 21 Jan 2017

  3. Italy's A2A positioning to provide cross-border power

    Italian power utility A2A is planning to capitalise on its significant hydroelectric power presence in the Alps to provide power to neighbouring countries who are intent on reducing their nuclear power production.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  4. Renewable sector jobs to increase in 2017, DOE report says

    The U.S. Department of Energy has released an update to its annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report, which tracks employment across a number of sectors related to America's energy economy.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  5. Authority denies license for 960-MW Canafisto hydro project in Colombia

    Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (ANLA) has denied for the second time a license to Isagen to build the 960-MW Canafisto hydro project.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  6. Asia off-grid power demand to drive small hydro growth

    Small hydropower systems installed worldwide are expected to grow to 146.65 GW by 2023, according to new analysis.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  7. BP’s Juniper platform departs for offshore Trinidad

    The Juniper platform has set sail for the southeast coast of Trinidad where it will be installed as BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC’s 14th offshore installation.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  8. NEA, CTGC agree to joint venture to construct Nepal's 750-MW West Seti hydropower plant

    The Nepal Electricity Authority and China Three Gorges Corp. have agreed to a joint venture allowing for the construction of the 750-MW West Seti hydroelectric project.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

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