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Better policies would allow hydropower to back up wind power

The issue of wind turbine downtime can be compensated by hydropower but only with the correct policy and regulations, found researchers at Pennsylvania State University. At present, wind is the fastest growing renewable energy source in the United States. The United States Department of Energy recently found that the country could produce 20 percent of its electricity from wind by 2030. But because...

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Alstom completes 110 MW hydro project in India

A 110 megawatt hydropower project has successfully begun operation in the east district of Sikkim in India. Power generation technology company Alstom has released a statement in which they report the successful synchronization and full load of two 55 megawatt units at the Chuzachen hydropower plant on April 24, 2013. The two units were officially handed over to Gati Infrastructure who declared the start of commercial...

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Small hydro but big impact on surrounding environment

A new report from researchers at Oregon State University found that though small hydropower systems can generate renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it has a significant impact on habitat and biodiversity. The result of a five-year study that is the first of its kind, the report found that the assumption of small hydropower systems to have fewer ecological impacts compared to large-scale dams is...

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Tidal project in Maine delivers power, earns R.E.C.s

A tidal power facility in the Gulf of Maine has become the first project in the United States to deliver ocean energy to the public grid and earn renewable energy certificates. 3Degrees, one of the nation’s leading providers of renewable energy and carbon offsets, announced that it has taken delivery of R.E.C.s generated by Ocean Renewable Power Company’s Maine Tidal Energy Project. 3Degrees is the sole R.E.C.s...

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I.B.M. powers Pakistan’s first hydropower plant

I.B.M. has been selected by utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd Remaco to operate Pakistan’s first-ever private sector hydropower plant. The 84-megawatt New Bong Hydroelectric Power Complex, which started commercial operation just this March, will replace 135,000 tons of imported oil and save Pakistan around $100 million in fuel costs annually. Located on the Jhelum River in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the hydroelectric project...

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China to house world’s largest O.T.E.C. plant

China will soon be the home of the world’s largest Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant. Off the coast of the southern part of the country, Lockheed Martin, an American advanced technology manufacturer, is set to build the 10-megawatt O.T.E.C. facility for a planned resort of the Reignwood Group. Under the terms of the agreement, the floating pilot plant will supply 100 percent of power needed for the Chinese...

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RusHydro expands to Scotland

American tidal power company ResHydro will be expanding its business to Scotland with the support of a $154,000 grant from the Scottish Development International. ResHydro technology harnesses the power of water currents to produce electricity. By establishing a base in Scotland, the company will be able to work in partnership with the University of Strathclyde to advance its hydrokinetic energy generation...

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EcoSeed 2012 Top 5 Water stories for 2012

012 has been an exciting year for the low-carbon economy where several turning points that both advanced and slowed down the sector happened, shaping the future of renewable energy. When we talk about hydropower – generating power from the movement of water – we’re usually referring to the use of hydroelectric dams, however, hydropower can also mean the emerging fields of wave and tidal power. Using the movement of the...

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Guest Post: Download Case Study: ENTRO on interconnecting Eastern Nile Countries

Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP): Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have made significant strides in strengthening Eastern Nile cooperation since the launch of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program in 1999, within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative. In launching ENSAP, the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM) agreed to ensure efficient water management and optimal use of resources,...

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Guest Post: Download Case Study: Profit from opportunities in hydro power

In developed countries, such as the US, hydro power has been in existence for over 130 years, and makes up two-thirds of the nation’s renewable electricity supply. But what about developing nations such as Africa? From our 2012 Power & Electricity World Africa event, Thomas Miti from New Generation Ventures gave a case study on his Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro Electric Power Project. Download the Case Study here...

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