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Invitations open for 3,097 MW Etalin project pre-qualification

Jindal Power Limited is inviting application for pre-qualification from interested bidders under International Competitive Bidding for the implementation of the Etalin hydroelectric project (3097 MW). .

When complete, Etalin will be the largest hydropower project in India in term of installed capacity. You can download the pre-qualification invitation document here.

Working with UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme

On 18–20 June, we participated in the biennial meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme in Paris, France. The meeting included a special session on "hydropower and its role in the water–energy nexus".

UNESCO-IHP logoThis session was moderated by Bianca Jiménez Cisneros, secretary of the International Hydrological Programme.

Richard M Taylor, executive director of the International Hydropower Association, addressed participants about hydropower development worldwide, as well as our research on greenhouse-gas of freshwater reservoirs and the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Cícero Bley Jr, co-ordinator of the Hydroinformatics International Centre (a UNESCO-Category 2 Centre), spoke about the utilisation of available energy sources related to water and wastewater in Brazil's Sao Francisco Verdadeiro basin. You can read more about this here.

Engin Koncagül, programme officer of the UN World Water Assessment Programme, presented on the seven main messages of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2014 “Water and Energy”, which you can download here.

Finally, András Szöllösi-Nagy, rector of UNESCO Institute for Water Education, spoke about the institute's role in meeting training needs and capacity building in the hydropower sector. Click here to find out more about the institute's course on the design of hydropower schemes.

Webinar: sustainable technology integration towards 100 per cent renewable energy

On Tuesday 1 July at 12.00 to 13.30 GMT, we are teaming up with our REN Alliance partners and the International Renewbable Energy Agency (IRENA) to host a webinar on renewables integration.

The webinar will explore how 100 per cent renewable energy supply is possible based on case studies demonstrating how the technologies work together, and discuss the real costs of renewable energy. 

You can sign up for the webinar here. The agenda will include:

  • Introduction: the way to a 100 per cent renewable energy future
  • Case studies – renewable technologies integrated
  • Wind energy in combination with hydro energy
  • Geothermal energy combined with hydro and solar energy
  • Renewable energy : the true costs
  • Concluding remarks: renewables working together
  • General discussion and questions with audience

The speakers include:

  • Stefan Gsänger: secretary general of the World Wind Energy Association
  • Marietta Sander: executive director of the International Geothermal Association
  • Oliver Griffiths: programme director, hydropower development, International Hydropower Association
  • Michael Taylor: analyst, renewable energy cost status and outlook at IRENA
  • Karin Haara: executive director of the World Bioenergy Association

This webinar follows a side event the REN Alliance partners held at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Bonn Climate Change Conference 2014 on 11 June.

The REN Alliance provides a combined voice for renewable energy technology and practice. We were one of its founding members at the Bonn 2004 Renewable Energy Conference along with the

International Geothermal Association (IGA), International Solar Energy Society (ISES), World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and World Bioenergy Association (WBA).

IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

Workshop: understanding greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs

Earlier this month, 35 specialists and scientists from around the world gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, to begin the production of guidelines that will help companies to better understand greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from reservoirs.

Greenhouse gasesThe GHG modelling workshop was hosted by IEA-Hydro and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on 7–9 April. The guidelines will enable companies and institutions to develop consistent computer models to measure GHG fluxes.

Oliver Griffiths, IHA’s hydropower development director, took part in the workshop. He said: “This workstream is an important part of our efforts to develop robust evidence on the level of greenhouse gas emissions that can be attributed to individual hydropower developments, and to address some ill-informed comment on the subject. High-quality models will enable issues to be identified, and help efforts to minimise emissions from future schemes.

“The workshop was highly productive, and marked our closer co-operation with IEA-Hydro. The likely outcome is that projects will initially be assessed using the simpler IHA GHG screening tool, which is nearing deployment.

The workshop was highly productive, and marked our closer co-operation with IEA-Hydro." – Oliver Griffiths, programme director, IHA

"If the screening tool shows that heightened levels of GHGs are likely, then one of the more complex models shaped by the IEA-Hydro guidance would be used to investigate further.”

The final guidance is likely to be published in mid-2015. To find out more about our work on GHG emissions and other topics, you can download a copy of our 2014 Activity Report.

You can find out more about IEA-Hydro here.

Celebrating World Water Day

The multiple roles of hydropower, and the relationship between renewable energy and water will be discussed during the celebrations of World Water Day on 20–21 March 2014 in Tokyo.

World Water DayThe event is organized by UN University and UNIDO on behalf of UN-Water. Hydropower (including pumped storage) is trending towards a role which is complementary to mixed energy systems, and hydro generation often acts as the buffer between supply and demand for electricity energy. 

Hydropower can also act as a frequency regulator and energy storage, and deliver a range of other ‘ancilliary’ benefits. Storing energy in water, which is one of the few efficient, proven and flexible methodology available at the utility scale, also provides benefits in terms of navigation, flood control and environmental services.

Working in partnership

We are collaborating with the UN-University FLORES and the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN) to bring together interested parties at World Water Day and the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm (September 2014) 

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