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Welcome to three new members

We are delighted to welcome three new members to the association.

New member logosKorean water resources corporation K-Water has joined as a gold member; Thai energy company CK Power has joined as a silver member; and Norwegian engineering and design consultancy Norconsult has also joined as a silver member.

K-Water

A government-owned corporation, K-water has more than 40 years' experience managing water resources and developing water resources infrastructure, including hydropower and water supply systems, since its establishment in 1967.

Over the past 10 years, K-water completed more than 50 overseas projects providing consultancy services (master planning, feasibility studies, design & construction supervision, O&M, etc.) in over 20 countries, and it is developing overseas projects as an investor and/or O&M contractor particularly focusing on hydropower.

Website: www.kwater.or.kr

CK Power

CK Power Public Company Limited (CKP) is the first Thai holding company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand with its core assets overseas. The company engages in businesses that create sustainable energy and focuses on investment in power business, both in Thailand and in ASEAN region under efficient management.

It is also committed to social responsibility for all stakeholders in order to develop sustainable energy while balancing the environment and the quality of life for the people and society.

Website: www.ckpower.co.th/en

Norconsult

Norconsult is a multidisciplinary engineering and design consultancy, providing services to clients in the public and private sectors worldwide.

The company provides services within the power sector, including power system studies and hydropower engineering, from the initial reconnaissance through all phases of design, tender preparations, investigations, contract evaluation, construction supervision and commissioning.

Website: www.norconsult.com

You can find a full directory of our members in our 2014 Activity Report.

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

Etalin Hydro Electric Power Company Limited, a Joint Venture company of Jindal Power Limited & Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh Limited, is inviting application for pre-qualification from interested bidders under International Competitive Bidding process for implementation of Etalin Hydro Electric Project (3,097 MW) through various packages. 
 
When complete, Etalin will be the largest Hydro Electric Project in India in term of installed capacity. You can download the notice inviting application for pre-qualification 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.

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