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We track sector developments and promote cutting-edge research

Monitoring the sector


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) monitors key trends and developments in all regions of the world.  

We also foster and coordinate scientific research and industrial innovation to address the most pressing challenges facing the hydropower sector.

Our in-house experts provide briefings on news developments, sector trends and international good practices through our online community.

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Inventions in turbine technology

Some of the first innovations in using water for power were conceived in China during the Han Dynasty between 202 BC and 9 AD. Trip hammers powered by a vertical-set water wheel were used to pound and hull grain, break ore, and in early paper-making.
December 3, 2020

New guidance to help improve the sustainability of river hydro schemes

Building a hydropower facility on a waterway will inevitably lead to some changes in downstream flows, with implications for river users and local ecosystems requiring responsible management.
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Hydropower
Status Report

Worldwide hydropower capacity and generation data, industry trends, and insights from IHA's team of analysts.

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