Pumped hydro storage 'could make Australia run on renewable energy alone within 20 years'

Stephen Smiley and Caroline Winter for ABC AU: Australia has the capacity to store up to 1,000 times more renewable energy than it could ever conceivably need, according to an analysis by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU).

The World's First Power Plant To Combine Hydro And Solar Opens In Portugal

Alexander C. Kaufman for Huffington Post: The first-of-its-kind project could be a model for states like Washington and Oregon, and countries like Brazil, that depend heavily on hydroelectricity.

A World Premiere - The First Hybrid FPV and Hydroelectric Dam Power Plant System

The installed 840 floating PV panels have a total peak capacity of 220 kilowatts and is expected to generate 332 megawatts per hour in its first year - equivalent to the annual consumption of around 100 homes.

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO, Europe's largest Hydropower Platform in Salzburg

The 8th RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO conference from November 24 -25, 2016 at the Conference Center Salzburg (Messezentrum Salzburg) aims to further contribute to the continued growth throughout Europe.

Climate Bonds Convenes Hydropower Technical Working Group

Science based focus on climate mitigation and adaptation for hydro energy investments

ABB completes HVDC system upgrade, delivering clean, reliable hydropower from Canada to US

Upgrade of world's first multi-terminal link boosts supply of renewable energy and grid stability for coming decades

RENEXPO® INTERHYDRO Europe's largest hydropower platform

Hydropower experts convene for the 8th year in the Exhibition Center Salzburg from November 24th-25th, 2016.

What is Hydropower in a Pipe?

According to the US Geological Survey, 66% of public water comes from surface water. Presumably some of that is pumped at some point, but even if only half of that were gravity fed, the potential for electricity production from municipal water pipes is significant.

Minesto orders turbine prototype from SCHOTTEL HYDRO

The Swedish marine energy company has now placed an order for a prototype of the turbine, with delivery in early 2017.

The Road to Sustainable Energy in South America Could Lie in Electrical Grid Interconnection

With interconnection, the sizable hydroelectric resources of South America would allow a highly stable supply of low-cost energy at the regional level, enhancing competitiveness.

Hydropower And Pumped Storage

The pumped storage provides a load at times of high electricity output and low electricity demand, enabling additional system peak capacity.

Toronto Hydro to test world's first underwater energy storage system

Dario Balca , CTV Toronto:  Toronto Hydro has announced it will launch the world’s first-ever underwater energy storage system in Lake Ontario. The utility has partnered with Hydrostor Inc., a company that specializes in innovative energy storage systems, for a two-year-pilot project intended to create a backup for the city’s electricity grid big enough to power approximately 350 homes. "We're very excited to see this new technology in action,” said Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines. “Toronto Hydro has been very busy exploring new ways to power our grid, and I think this is the most creative project we've been involved in so far. Supporting innovative solutions for Toronto's power needs will continue to be a focus for our organization." The system works by taking electrical energy and converting it into compressed air so that it can be stored under water in large, balloon-like structures. The storage facility will be located three kilometres off the southern tip of the Toronto Island and 55 metres under water. When the city’s electricity grid needs power, crews will open a valve that lets the pressurized air out. The air is then converted back into electricity and fed into the grid.   Cont'd...

FFP NEW HYDRO AND CRESTLINE INVESTORS TEAM UP TO DELIVER 21 HYDROELECTRIC PROJECTS ON EXISTING DAMS IN THE U.S.

America's largest portfolio of new hydroelectric projects on existing dams is strengthened by financing, federal licensing approval, tax credits

Norway Could Provide 20,000MW of Energy Storage to Europe

Mike Stone  for GTM:  Norway has a lot of hydroelectric plants: a total of 937 of them, which provide a population of 5 million with around 98 percent of its electricity. In fact, the Scandinavian country is home to roughly half of all the hydroelectric water storage reservoirs in Europe. This vast system could also offer a Europe a substantial amount of energy storage -- up to 20 gigawatts of it -- if an ambitious scheme currently being proposed can overcome political and social hurdles and get the necessary funding. That’s according to Kaspar Vereide, an engineer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. And his models suggest it could all be achieved in seven years. Vereide is not alone in thinking Norway could become a vast green battery for Europe. The Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy has concluded that there are four realistic scenarios for pumped hydro energy storage in the country, ranging from a Nordics-only scenario, where Norway only looks after its own needs, plus some of those of its Scandinavian neighbors; to a so-called ‘big storage’ scenario, which, it says, would see “Norwegian hydropower play an important role in integrating variable renewable sources into the European power system by providing large volumes of balancing over various time horizons to the North Sea countries through highly integrated grids and power markets.” It’s this "big storage" scenario -- with Norway becoming "the green battery of Europe" -- that Vereide has in mind.   Cont'd...

Canada's Hydropower Installed Capacity Will Approach 85 Gigawatts by 2025, says GlobalData

Canada's installed hydropower capacity will increase from approximately 77.6 Gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to an estimated 84.8 GW by 2025 ----Hydropower capacity in Canada is expected to increase at a high rate compared to coal and nuclear capacity in terms of future power generation, says analyst

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