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March 2014

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) 

Renewing collaboration in China

The China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) and IHA extended their collaboration by renewing their co-operation agreement last week, 26 February.  The agreement lays out plans for mutually beneficial work in the next two years, and the continuation of the IHA China office, which is hosted by the institute.

The IHA China Office is the main point of contact for Chinese members and a primary platform for exchange between IHA and operators, developers, governmental and non-governmental organisations active in hydroelectricity in China. The office is involved in communications and outreach activities, as well as support for the sustainability and hydropower development work programmes.

The office will have a special role in the preparations of the next World Hydropower Congress, which will take place in Beijing, 18-22 May 2015.

About IWHR

The Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR) is a reference research centre on water resources and hydropower in China.  The Institute is affiliated with the Ministry of Water Resources.  It is responsible for the research tasks encountered in major hydro projects, state five-year plan key programs of science and major programs funded by the Government of China.

At present, the institute has over 1,300 staff members, 12 research departments and 32 laboratories. You can find out more at www.iwhr.com.