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New pumped-storage hydro plant to be opened at Loch Ness

Community ownership to form part of Red John proposals at Loch Ness Plans for a new 400MW pumped hydro scheme east of Loch Ness are to be unveiled in late …

Managing and maintaining hydro-electric plants

By tapping into gravity and the water cycle, humans have long taken advantage of one of Earth’s most efficient and naturally occurring energy sources, water. …

The era of mega hydropower in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be over

The era of mega-dams in the Brazilian Amazon appears to be coming to an end, according to the California-based non-profit organisation Amazon Watch, …

Actuators enable reliable and economical automation at hydroelectric facility

Rotork says its CK Range modular electric valve actuators have provided a reliable and economical automated flow control solution for a hydroelectric …

Finally, a green light for tidal power?

A watershed moment for tidal power technology may have finally arrived with the publication in early January of an independent review by former energy minister …

A tale of two wave generators: Chinese espionage fears fanned

Accusations that China might be pursuing an aggressive industrial espionage strategy against other nations appear to have gained credibility following comments …

Future of pumped storage hydro analysed in new report

20 benefits of technology highlighted – along with challenges and solutions A new report outlining the investment case for pumped storage hydro has set out …

UK oil and gas sector urged to take advantage of £210bn renewables boom

ORE Catapult highlights opportunities to unlock high growth potential of oil and gas sector suppliers Britain’s world-leading experience in oil and gas could …

Scotland’s marine sector in jeopardy without support

At Scottish Renewables’ Marine Conference in Inverness on 13 September, director of policy Jenny Hogan used her opening speech to call for greater …

Aberdeen researchers win funds to establish marine energy centre in SE Asia

Researchers at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen have won £165,760 in funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Prosperity Fund to …

Hydropower milestone as Shetland tidal array delivers first power to the grid

The first power has been exported to the grid from the Shetland Tidal Array project, developed by Nova Innovation, it was announced on 9 March. Lindsay …

Hydro project boosts Bedford Council’s energy saving efforts – earning a major award

Bedford Borough Council has picked up an award at Anglian Water’s second annual ‘We Love What You Do’ business awards, which recognises companies …

Partnership supports micro-hydro cost savings

A new Micro-Hydro partnership between Ham Baker Group and SPP Pumps promises to allow affordable, effective energy generation for water treatment inlet works …

UK to host global wave and tidal energy event for first time

THE UK – home to more wave and tidal energy devices than the rest of the world combined – is to host the International Conference on Ocean Energy for the …

Innovation in a time of uncertainty

THIS year’s British Hydropower Association conference (10-11 November, Glasgow) takes place against a backdrop of considerable uncertainty for the sector …

Micro-hydropower electricity generation could save the water industry millions, says study

New research findings from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydropower. Savings …

Hydro summit appraises threats

The vital need to reform the Feed-In Tariff and alternative ways of using the power generated by Scotland’s rivers were topics reviewed at a recent …

Assessing the potential of pumped storage

Craig McMaster of water and natural resources specialist MWH explains why additional pumped storage hydropower could help the UK manage the variability of …

Hydro-powered pump picks up European innovation award

THE EU climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC has judged Dutch start-up aQysta to be Europe’s most innovative clean-tech venture. A jury of entrepreneurs, …

Fortunes ebb and flow for UK tidal power

TIDAL power equipment supplier Atlantis Resources was awarded a £7.5 million two-year contract in late August to support further development of the MeyGen …

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