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Alstom's tidal device passes test, producing 1 MW

French multinational conglomerate Alstom has been conducting tests with its full-scale tidal device and now reports that the technology has reached a full nominal power of 1 megawatt. The full-scale tidal device of the French conglomerate has been immersed and tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland, starting in January of this year. During the test at the location, the tidal stream turbine...

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German consortium building silicon-based wave energy device

A group of German researchers have developed a silicon-based device that can capture the motion of water to produce energy. Bosch is working on a demonstrator model of the EPoSil (electroactive polymers based on silicon for power generation), a three-ply sheet composed of a top and bottom layer which is conductive to electricity and a middle layer of elastic silicon. When exposed to the movement of water, such...

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Alstom boosts Turkey's hydropower with three supply contracts

Alstom's has signed three major contracts, for a combined total of $132.8 million, to supply hyropower plants in Turkey with equipment. Under three different contracts, Alstom will be providing hydropower equipment to the Alpaslan II, Upper Kalekoy, and Tepekışla projects. These projects combined will generate 242,000 gigawatt hours of power yearly for the country. For the Alpaslan II project, located on Murat River in Muş...

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Alstom to supply turbines for Quebec’s hydroelectric complex

Alstom wins $90 million-contract to supply turbine-generator units for the government-owned public utility Hydro-Quebec’s La Romaine hydroelectric complex site 3 – a project that when completed, has a total power capacity of 1,550 megawatts. Under the supply contract, Alstom will be supplying La Romaine hydroelectric complex’s site 3, located north of the municipality of Havre-Saint-Pierre on the north shore of the St. Lawrence...

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RusHydro reports increased electrical generation from plants across Russia

The Russian hydroelectric company RusHydro reported increased electrical generation from hydropower plants in four macro-regions of Russia. Specifically, the hydropower plants that have increased in electrical generation in the period of the second quarter of 2012 to the same period of 2013 are those in the Center of Russia, South of Russia, Siberia, and in the Far East. Among plants that experienced an...

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Vietnam’s power company signs $682 million credit contract for hydropower plant

Electricity of Vietnam, the largest power company in the country, has signed four credit contracts worth $682 million from different banks to fund the construction of the 1,200 megawatt-Lai Chau hydropower plant. The credit contracts were signed with the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, and the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development,...

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Tidal power potential of Scotland’s Pentland Firth nears 1.9 gigawatts

The Pentland Firth, a waterway separating the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland, has the potential to generate up to 1.9 gigawatts of renewable energy using tidal power. The Pentland Firth is said to be one of the greatest untapped sources of energy in Scotland. Energy resources in that area include wind and wave as well as tidal power. Under the Crown Estate, the area is one of the first in the United Kingdom to be...

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San Diego public agency to build 500 MW-pumped storage facility

San Diego County Water Authority, a wholesale supplier of water in the region, is planning to construct a 500 megawatt-hydroelectric project at the San Vicente Reservoir. The proposed hydroelectric project is a pumped storage facility that could power 325,000 homes during peak-demand periods. The Water Authority, in cooperation with the city of San Diego, is presently preparing to assess the potential...

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Iberdrola constructs 25-MW hydroelectric extension plant in Spain

Spanish private electric utility company Iberdrola begins construction of the 25 megawatt-San Pedro hydroelectric plant extension project in northwest Spain. San Pedro II – a $66 million investment – will add 25 megawatts to the existing 32 MW facility. The hydroelectric plant is located in the river of Sil, in the municipality of Nogueira de Ramuin, city of Ourense. The project is expected to create up to 190 new...

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Aquamarine Power to improve its wave energy device

Aquamarine Power will be improving its flagship wave energy device, the Oyster 800, to boost its performance and reliability. The improvement project, known as Oyster 800 Product Improvement Programme, will involve shutting down the wave energy device to work on five specific areas that will improve performance, reliability, and availability of the near-shore wave technology. The Oyster has been in operation...

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