HYDRO 2023, 16-18 October 2023, Edinburgh, Scotland

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HYDRO 2023




International Conference and Exhibition


16 - 18 October 2023

Edinburgh International Congress Centre (EICC), Scotland






As always, the main aim of bringing together the global hydropower community is to exchange practical experience, learn of new technical developments (of which there are plenty), encourage best practice, and together play a role in advancing hydro development in the parts of the world which need it most. Besides new schemes, emphasis is also placed on maximizing the value of existing hydro assets, by timely refurbishment, upgrading and improving operational efficiency. These annual events are probably the most truly international conferences devoted specifically to hydropower; and, in nonCOVID times, we welcome at least 1200 delegates from more than 70 countries. We will focus on potential and development plans, the changing roles of hydropower, adapting to new challenges, ensuring safety and operational efficiency, and environmental protection, among many other topics. A major technical exhibition will run alongside the conference, showcasing the state-of-the-art of hydro technology and engineering, with many products and services on display. We encourage young engineers and students to attend, and student registration rates will be available on request. The AMI Hydropower Foundation will consider assisting some delegates from less developed countries, or those facing economic challenges, to attend, by supporting registration and accommodation costs. See: https://www.hydropower-dams.com/foundation.





Edinburgh has been Scotland's capital since the 15th century and is steeped in history. It is compact and hilly, with many magnificent views and buildings. It comprises a medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. The two contrasting townscapes, which give the city its unique character, are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering over the city is Edinburgh Castle, a former fortress and royal residence. It is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny - once used in the coronation of Scotland’s monarchs. Other sites include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Giles’ Cathedral, and Canongate and Greyfriars churches. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the highest courts in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of science and engineering, medicine, law, literature and philosophy. Edinburgh has world class hotels available in all categories, mostly within easy walking distance of the EICC. Rooms will be blocked at favourable prices for delegates, and can be booked at the time of registration. There will be a cultural tour for all participants on 15 October, so that there will be an opportunity for everyone to see the city’s most famous sites of interest. Then there will be a package of tours for accompanying persons, in and around the city during the conference days.





The role of Scottish hydropower


Scotland produces around 85 per cent of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) hydropower, with an installed capacity of about 1650 MW at conventional hydro plants and 740 MW at pumped-storage plants. It has 78 large dams and 54 medium/large hydro plants, with more than 300 km of associated tunnels. More than 3000 MW of new pumped-storage capacity is currently being planned. Scotland is also a world leader in the development and deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies. It hosts: the world's leading wave and tidal test centre, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; the world's largest tidal stream array; and the world's most powerful tidal stream turbine. Over the last century, Scottish hydropower played a major part in the country’s energy make up. While today hydro lags behind wind, solar and biomass as a source of renewable electricity in the UK, it played a vital role in connecting vast areas of rural Scotland to the power grid, some of which had no electricity as late as the 1960s. Soon,new pumped-storage schemes will integrate perfectly with the increasing use of intermittent renewables.


History and milestones


At the end of 19th century, Scotland’s first known hydro scheme was built on the shores of Loch Ness at the Fort Augustus Benedictine abbey. The scheme provided power to the monks as well as 800 village residents. The huge potential of Scotland’s steep mountains, lochs and reliably heavy rainfall to generate substantial amounts of hydropower was first recognised in the 1890s. A reliable source of electricity was needed to help turn raw bauxite into aluminium, and the Foyers hydro plant and smelting works were developed. But it was another 20 years before the first major hydro project to supply electricity to the public was designed. In 1926, the Lanark hydro scheme was commissioned, on the River Clyde. It still operates with a capacity of 17 MW today. This was followed by plants at Rannoch and Tummel in the Grampian mountains and, in 1935, what became a highly influential scheme in the history of Scottish hydropower, at Galloway. Scotland’s first major pumped-storage plant was Cruachan, in Argyll, inaugurated by the Queen in 1965; the final unit was commissioned in 1967. This was the largest plant of its type in the world at that time. A major expansion project at the 440 MW plant is planned, which will add a new 600 MW underground plant. The most recent large hydro plant to be commissioned in Scotland was the 100 MW Glendoe scheme, in the Highlands above Loch Ness; it was commissioned in 2009. More recently, in 2021, RWE commissioned the 2 MW Glen Noe run-of-river small scheme.


Into the future


The next major developments will be the implementation of three large pumped-storage schemes. In 2021, the Scottish Government granted planning consent for the 450 MW Red John scheme, which will be built close to Inverness. Other planned pumped-storage schemes are: Glenmuckloch (400 MW) in Dumfries and Galloway; Eishken (300 MW), which will use seawater, on the Isle of Lewis; and, Coire Glass, in Lochaber in the Highlands, which will have a capacity of up to 1500 MW. Scottish and other UK hydropower and dam engineers have much experience to share, as well as future plans to discuss.



Working in collaboration with hydro plant owners and operators in Scotland, we are planning some short technical visits, as well as post-conference tours, and details will be announced shortly. These will be designed to showcase Scottish experience in large and small hydro, pumped storage development, and hydraulic research.




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2023 ANCOLD Conference - 24-27 OCTOBER 2023

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ANCOLD Conference



On behalf of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) Executive and Local Organising Committee, I cordially invite you to the 2023 ANCOLD Conference due to be held in October in Far North Queensland.


The conference will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, a stunning venue located within the same region as the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.


This year’s theme “Dams: a Critical Resource” provides an insight into the importance of these structures to our collective health and prosperity. Whether viewed through the lens of water supply, energy production or minerals processing, dams play a vital role in sustaining humanity. We will explore these crucial functions with reference to the entire asset lifecycle, spanning design, construction and operational management. For the first time, there will be a full day workshop followed by three days of technical sessions, providing attendees ample opportunity to listen and learn from eminent and knowledgeable authorities within the industry. Supported by a splendid social program, the event promises to be a highlight on the calendar of all dams professionals for 2023.


As always, we gratefully acknowledge and value the ongoing contribution of existing sponsors of ANCOLD, and we encourage new sponsors to take up the opportunities and brand exposure that this conference can offer your business.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you in Cairns for what promises to be an engaging and enjoyable event attended by colleagues and friends alike.



Ryan Cantrill

2023 Conference Convenor


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9th Int'l Symposium on RCC Dams and Cemented Material Dams, Dec.4th-8th,2023 in Guangzhou City, China.

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Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD), Japan Commission on Large Dams (JCOLD), French Committee on Large Dams (CFBR) and Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD) have the honor to invite professionals to the 9th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams and Cemented Material Dams, which will be held in Dec.4th-8th,2023 in Guangzhou City, China.


RCC dams have the virtues of saving a great deal of concrete, building quickly, making project cost down and early bringing into playing project advantages and so on. Hence, the technique of constructing dams has been quickly spread and applied since it came out. Today there are more than 400 RCC dams in more than 40 countries. Great successful experiences and advanced technologies have been achieved. CHINCOLD and SPANCOLD have devoted to promote the technology from early 1990’s. The first Symposium on RCC dams was jointly organized by the two committees in 1991 in Beijing China, which was a success start of the series of RCC Symposiums.


Cemented Material Dam (CMD) is a new type of dams, which includes Hardfill dam, Cemented Sand and Gravel dam (CSG), Cemented Sand, Gravel and Rock dam (CSGR), Rock-filled Concrete dam (RCD), Cemented Soil dam (CSD), and so on. There are more than 200 CMD projects constructed and under construction.


The 9th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams and Cemented Material Dams will provide a platform for practitioners, engineers, researchers, scientists, managers and decision makers from all over the world to exchange ideas and technology about the latest developments dealing with RCC dams and CMDs. Beside international best practice, the participants will also have the occasion to visit some famous RCC dams and CMDs in China in operation or under construction.


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92nd Annual Meeting & Int'l Symposium - 18th to 24th October 2024, New Delhi, India

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92nd ICOLD Annual Meeting & International Symposium on "Dams for People, Water, Environment and Development"


New Delhi, India

October 18-24, 2024



Dear Colleagues and Friends of ICOLD,


I am thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation on behalf of the International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD) to our esteemed 106 National Committees.


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to send delegates and accompanying persons to the highly anticipated 92nd Annual Meeting of ICOLD, scheduled to take place in the vibrant capital city of India, New Delhi, from October 18th to 24th, 2024.


New Delhi offers a captivating opportunity to immerse yourself in the country's rich culture, heritage, and warm hospitality. As a hub of ideas and innovation, the city provides the perfect backdrop for this event, bringing together experts & professionals from around the world. Furthermore, October in India presents delightful weather conditions, setting the stage for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. The diligent National Committee of India (INCOLD) will be hosting the 92nd Annual Meeting and International Symposium of ICOLD, offering an exceptional program in a captivating setting.


Building upon the successes of previous gatherings organized by INCOLD, including Congresses in 1951 and 1979, as well as the Annual Meeting in 1998, we eagerly anticipate a remarkable and unforgettable ICOLD 2024 92nd Annual Meeting and International Symposium.


The theme of the ICOLD 2024 International Symposium is "Dams for People, Water, Environment & Development," emphasizing the critical role of dams in sustainable development and environmental protection. The event will feature a diverse range of technical sessions, plenary talks, and panel discussions, providing an excellent platform for participants to share experiences, insights, and best practices while fostering mutual learning.


Alongside the technical program, there will be ample opportunities for networking and socializing, including cultural events, technical tours, and social activities, enabling you to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the warm hospitality of the host country. India holds a prominent position as a strong and longstanding member of ICOLD, boasting an impressive track record of over 5264 dams, with approximately 437 dams currently under construction. The nation stands as a global leader in the development of vital water infrastructure, spearheading significant projects such as the Bhakhra, Koldam, Tehri Dam, Bichom Dam and Subansiri Lower projects, as well as the World Bank-supported Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Projects. These modern water infrastructure endeavors, supported by INCOLD, have made substantial contributions to the sustainable growth of India's agriculture, water supply, and power sectors, effectively meeting the escalating demands of a dynamic nation.


With utmost confidence, we assure you that the 2024 Congress will be a resounding success. We encourage you to mark your calendars and join us in New Delhi, India, in October 2024. I am looking forward to your presence at this prestigious event.


Yours sincerely,



Michel Lino

President of ICOLD




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