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The global hydropower installed capacity is 1,150 GW

The global hydropower market, as measured in annual capacity installations, contracted in 2018, continuing a multi-year trend of deceleration. New capacity was an estimated 15.6 GW, raising total global installed capacity to around 1,150 GW. The ranking of the top 10 countries for total capacity shifts only over long time frames and remained (in order) … Continue reading The global hydropower installed capacity is 1,150 GW

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GE Renewable Energy connects the world’s most powerful hydro unit to the grid in Wudongde, China

GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions is providing 6 x 850 MW Francis turbine generator sets and related equipment for the Wudongde project. Connection to the Grid and successful 72 hours trial operation marked a significant step towards the official commissioning of the giant hydropower project.The Wudongde Hydropower Project is another large-scale national energy infrastructure project … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy connects the world’s most powerful hydro unit to the grid in Wudongde, China

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China’s Era of Mega-Dams Is Ending as Solar and Wind Power Rise

It’s the beginning of the end for the era of mega-dam building in China. China Three Gorges Corp. on Monday turned on the first set of generators at the massive Wudongde hydropower plant, deep in the mountains of Yunnan province. About 170 kilometers (106 miles) downstream on the Jinsha River sits Baihetan, the last of … Continue reading China’s Era of Mega-Dams Is Ending as Solar and Wind Power Rise

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GE Renewable Energy to support the clean energy growth in the Philippines

GE Renewable Energy booked a contract with Angat Hydropower Corporation to rehabilitate the 218 MW Angat hydropower plant located in the Philippines. This 53-year-old Angat hydropower facility supplies more than 90% of Metro Manila’s potable water needs [1] and supports the irrigation of 25,000 hectares of farmlands in Bulacan and Pampanga [2]. This contract is … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy to support the clean energy growth in the Philippines

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GE Renewable Energy Signs Three Year Agreement with Enel Green Power to Improve Visibility and Performance on up to 3.2 GW of Hydro Plants

GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) announced today it signed with the Enel Group’s renewable business line Enel Green Power (EGP) a three-year agreement to provide predictive Operation and Maintenance (O&M) capabilities to the group’s hydro plants in Spain with a total capacity of up to 3.2 GW through a combination of digital tools and consultative … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy Signs Three Year Agreement with Enel Green Power to Improve Visibility and Performance on up to 3.2 GW of Hydro Plants

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GE Renewable Energy partners with Tajikistan to make hydropower plants climate resilient

GE Renewable Energy announced the booking of a hydropower contract with Barki Tojik to refurbish six Kaplan units at the state-owned Qairokkum hydropower station in Tajikistan. This 60-year old plant located on the river Syr Darya, is the only power plant located in the northwestern province of Sughd and the sole source of electricity for … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy partners with Tajikistan to make hydropower plants climate resilient

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GE Renewable Energy awarded a $87M hydropower contract in Cameroon

GE Renewable Energy was awarded a $87million contract by Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) to provide seven 60 MW Francis turbines for the new Nachtigal hydropower plant in Cameroon.   NHPC is a company jointly owned by the Republic of Cameroon, EDF, International Finance Corporation, Africa 50 and STOA. Owned and operated by NHPC, the … Continue reading GE Renewable Energy awarded a $87M hydropower contract in Cameroon

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Huge wind turbines are to combine with hydropower in a Germany

In Germany, two renewable energy sources are being combined in a novel project looking to break new ground and transform the scenery of a German forest. GE, through GE Renewable Energy, has signed an agreement with Max Bögl Wind AG to both deliver and commission what it has described as “the world’s tallest and first … Continue reading Huge wind turbines are to combine with hydropower in a Germany

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USTDA Supports Development of Hydropower in Malawi

U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining (MNREM) of the Republic of Malawi.  The grant will fund a feasibility study to support the development of a hydropower plant on the Luweya River, located in the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi’s Northern Region. “This grant represents … Continue reading USTDA Supports Development of Hydropower in Malawi

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The Wide World of Small Hydro

The development potential of small hydropower worldwide has been estimated to be 173GW, and while Africa, Asia and Latin America show the greatest potential, plants in Europe can also offer a significant contribution to domestic electricity systems, responding to sustainability, distributed generation and energy security needs. The path towards green energy development is not limited … Continue reading The Wide World of Small Hydro

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Three Gorges, the world’s largest hydropower project, output tops 200 bln kwh

Total electricity output of the world’s largest hydropower project–the Three Gorges Project, has exceeded 200 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) this year, the China Three Gorges Corporation (STGC) announced on Monday.   The output is a historical high and more than twice the electricity demand of Beijing, the company said in a press release. Beijing city’s … Continue reading Three Gorges, the world’s largest hydropower project, output tops 200 bln kwh

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Alstom takes part in a turnkey project of the Sendje hydropower plant in Equatorial Guinea

Alstom has been awarded by Duglas Alliance a contract to supply equipment to Sendje green field hydropower plant, located at 40 km from Bata, the biggest city in the continental part of Equatorial Guinea. Duglas Alliance is acting as the General contractor in this deal while Alstom Hydro has been chosen as the hydropower equipment … Continue reading Alstom takes part in a turnkey project of the Sendje hydropower plant in Equatorial Guinea

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Brazil has created a unique energy matrix to fulfill its ever-growing energy needs

In the near future Brazil will remain South America’s economic engine, as can be seen by the country’s current economic surges. Many of Brazil’s recent economic successes have been closely related to energy developments, as well as the country’s unique energy infrastructure. This matrix includes a strong presence of renewable sources, particularly sugarcane and hydropower … Continue reading Brazil has created a unique energy matrix to fulfill its ever-growing energy needs

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Wind energy, solar power and geothermal energy exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower

For the first time ever, during the first quarter of this year, electricity generated in the U.S. by non-hydro renewables (wind power, solar energy and geothermal energy) exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower. That is according to the SUN DAY Campaign’s new analysis of data in the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s … Continue reading Wind energy, solar power and geothermal energy exceeded that provided by conventional hydropower

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U.S. could double hydropower capacity in future

The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it has found over 65 gigawatts (GW) of potential new hydropower development across the country, nearly equivalent to the current U.S. hydropower capacity. “The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources and responsible development will help pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable and diverse energy … Continue reading U.S. could double hydropower capacity in future

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Rwanda to accelerate mini-hydropower plant construction

Rwanda will speed up construction of mini-hydropower plants to boost electricity in rural areas, officials said Friday. Energy Minister Emma Francoise Isumbingabo briefed Rwandan lawmakers on the measures the government has adopted to ensure enough renewable power, such as photovoltaic and wind, as well as mini-hydropower plants will be connected to the national grid. The … Continue reading Rwanda to accelerate mini-hydropower plant construction

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China continues its dominance of the global hydropower market

WITH 30GW of new capacity installed during 2012, global cumulative hydropower capacity jumped to 1127GW by the year-end, providing an estimated 3524TWh of electricity generation annually. Thus, this technology is still by far the one with the highest cumulated installed capacity among renewable energy sources. Summary of the global hydropower market, region by region, end … Continue reading China continues its dominance of the global hydropower market

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Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

Theoretically, hydropower can step in when wind turbines go still, but barriers to this non-polluting resource serving as a backup are largely policy- and regulation-based, according to Penn State researchers. “We have a very clear realization that we need to make energy systems more sustainable,” said Seth A. Blumsack, assistant professor of energy policy. “We … Continue reading Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

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