HYDROPOWER EUROPE Final Event: “The Important Role of Hydropower in Energy Transition”

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The HYDROPOWER EUROPE conference that took place online on the 23rd February 2022 was the final event of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Project – a project that was created under the European Union call: “H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 (BUILDING A LOW-CARBON, CLIMATE RESILIENT FUTURE: SECURE, CLEAN AND EFFICIENT ENERGY)” and which has been running since November 2018. 

 

The objective of this event was to present the results of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Project, namely the conclusions drawn from the consultation with sector stakeholders that led to the creation of the Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA) and the Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR) (See key publications at https://hydropower-europe.eu and see our dissemination video at:  https://youtu.be/Kwccf0ZESxo )

 

Anton Schleiss, Honorary President of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) and Professor Emeritus of EPFL, opened the conference by providing an introduction to the status of hydropower in Europe and suggesting that this source of energy could provide increased  contributions in the coming years, recognising that only two third of the economically feasible potential had been tapped so far. In fact, in the field of energy production, hydroelectricity remains an excellent and safe supply tool to support the energy transition and the fight against global warming. He revealed that in more than half of the countries in Europe, hydropower still provides a significant share (>25%) of electricity generation, which is important for the success of the energy transition in ensuring safe electricity supply. Worldwide, hydropower alone produces three quarters of all renewable electricity.

 

Ms Hélène Chraye, Head of Unit for the Clean Energy Transition and Deputy Director of Clean Planet at DG R&I, followed the opening with an overview of the “Goals of European Hydropower R&I Funding” and the overall EU strategy to meet the targets set by the European Green Deal.  

 

The webinar focused next on the main outcomes of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE project. Anton Schleiss and Jean-Jacques Fry had the task of presenting highlights from our main documents: the RIA and the SIR, which were created after three years of extensive consultation involving more than 600 stakeholders. The final reports (~140 pages each) present 18 research themes with 80 topics (RIA) and 11 strategic directions which include 40 detailed actions (SIR). Two illustrated summary brochures of ~20 pages each have been produced by the forum which give an overview of the high to very high priority outcomes. 

 

From the European Commission, Thomas Schleker, Policy Officer at DG R&I, and Sébastien Mortier, Research Projects Portfolio Manager at CINEA, shared with the audience some impressions about the work of HYDROPOWER EUROPE. They thanked the team for the good coordination and the excellent outputs. 

 

Finally, Mark Morris, a team member from SAMUI France, closed the round of presentations. He reminded the audience about the importance of the role of hydropower for the energy transition and thus, the need to have a permanent and common voice in Europe for the hydropower sector to support both research and innovation as well as to increase public awareness by promoting strategic actions. 

 

As seen during the roundtable discussions which involved some 130 participants online, hydropower in Europe faces a large number of challenges. The outcomes of HYDROPOWER EUROPE details the agenda and roadmap to help meet these environmental, societal, technological and commercial challenges. As Jean-Jacques Fry advised during the final statements: “Communication on hydro as a catalyst for the energy transition is key for the future. It is clear that hydropower has been providing a great service for more than 150 years, but now it is time to speak to civil society and policymakers about its future development potential”.

 

Anton Schleiss concluded the event by highlighting again that the outcomes of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE forum confirm hydropower as a key partner and catalyst for the clean energy transition not only in Europe, but also worldwide. He thanked all consortium members of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE project, the Consultation Expert Panel as well as the more than 600 stakeholders participating through the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum for the efficient and fruitful collaboration during the 40 month project period. His gratitude for the funding also went to the European Commission represented by the participating officers who gave valuable input during the project.  The Forum was able to gather a large family of experts and stakeholders, and with its continued support, public awareness on the important role of hydropower can be further increased in the future.   

 

 

Presentations from the speakers:

 

  •  Introduction (Anton J. Schleiss, Hydropower Europe) - LINK 
  • Goals of European Hydropower R&I Funding (Hélène Chraye, European Commission) - LINK
  • Key results of the Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA) (Anton Schleiss, Hydropower Europe) - LINK
  • key Results of the Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR) (Jean-Jacques FRY, Hydropower Europe) - LINK
  • The future of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum as a common and permanent voice in Europe (Mark Morris, Hydropower Europe) - LINK

 

 

Full recording of the event can be seen by clicking here
 

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2022 ANCOLD NZSOLD Conference in Sydney, 26-28 October 2022

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WELCOME

 

On behalf of the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) Executive and the Local Organising Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2022 ANCOLD NZSOLD Conference in Sydney, New South Wales.

 

The conference will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Australia’s first fully integrated harbourside convention, exhibition, and entertainment venue.  The ICC is situated in a spectacular location on the Darling Harbour waterfront.

 

The conference theme, “Sustainable Dams in a Climate of Change” is timely given the significant changes to the operating landscape that is impacting the dams industry. The conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to consider the landscape we occupy as an industry, by exploring the challenges and opportunities of dam ownership against a backdrop of increasing expectations from the community and other stakeholders. This will be a great forum to share industry good practice about: the safety management of ageing dams; sustainable practices and considerations for building new dams; climate change reflections and implications on dam engineering; innovation and adoption of new technologies in dam operation and maintenance; application of risk-based systems in design and assessment of dams.

 

It is almost 3 years since the last in-person NZSOLD/ANCOLD conference in Auckland and four years on home soil for ANCOLD, hence the Sydney conference will provide a good opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, expand professional networks, engage directly with speakers, and gain new insights from the exhibitor displays.

 

We welcome and value the ongoing support from past sponsors of the ANCOLD NZSOLD conferences and encourage new sponsors to take up the opportunities and brand exposure that this conference can offer.

 

We look forward to seeing you all in Sydney in October, for what promises to be an enlightening, rewarding and memorable event.

 

Sam Banzi
ANCOLD NZSOLD 2022 Conference Convenor

 

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Africa 2022 - 29Nov. 1st December 2022

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Africa2022

 

WATER STORAGE AND HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT FOR AFRICA

 

 

will take place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo Conference Centre,
Lake Victoria, Uganda
29 November - 1 December 2022

 

 

The objective of the regional conferences for AFRICA, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and ICOLD, in collaboration with the governments of the host countries, is to bring together a group of experts from all parts of the world to focus on issues of specific interest for Africa, in the field of water storage and hydropower development.

 

Typically, participants include high-level representatives of ministries and utilities, private development groups, consulting practices, international and regional development banks, contractors, and equipment suppliers.

 

Themes begin with project identification and planning, progress through to financing, design, environmental protection, social aspects, and then construction, operation, maintenance and refurbishment.

 

Cross-border collaboration for transboundary schemes, challenging sites and climate resilience, as well as capacity building and training, are topics which always feature high on the agenda.

 

AFRICA 2022 will be the fourth conference and exhibition in this series. The first took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2013, under the auspices of the African Union, with a keynote address from the Commissioner for Energy and Industry. The second was held in Marrakech, Morocco in 2017, under the High Patronage of HE King Mohammed VI.

 

AFRICA 2019 moved south to Windhoek, Namibia, and had strong participation from NamPower, the Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa, and the Southern African Power Pool. The World Bank, African Development Bank, and the African Union, have all contributed much to the programmes.

 

Uganda is an enthusiastic local partner for AFRICA 2022. International delegates and accompanying persons will meet in beautiful surroundings, for three days of sessions, preceded by workshops and training seminars, and followed by tours to hydro schemes. There will be plenty of additional networking opportunities, and cultural excursions.

 

 

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ICOLD-CIGB 2023 - 91st ICOLD Annual Meeting, 11 - 15 June 2023

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ICOLD Annual Meeting 2023

 

 

Dear ICOLD Members, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

On behalf of the International Commission of Large Dams/ Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages (ICOLD/CIGB), it is an honor for me to invite our 104 National Committees to send delegates and their accompanying persons to the 91st Annual Meeting of ICOLD. The meeting will be held in from the 12th to 15th June 2023 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Gothenburg is a modern city located on the west coast of Sweden with a rich culture and a long history of international trade and influences.  The weather conditions are expected to be perfect for this June 2023 meeting.  As the second-largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg boasts a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants, sustainable living, and a fascinating history – all within walking distance from our ICOLD hotels and conference center.

 

This 91st Annual Meeting of ICOLD will be hosted by the National Committee of Sweden, SwedCOLD, who have been preparing for several years now.  Several excellent Study Tours will be offered before and after the meeting along with our usual ICOLD exclusive Cultural Evening and Technical Excursion.  SwedCOLD is also hosting a special symposium as part of ICOLD 2023 themed Management for Safe Dams.  The purpose of this symposium is to share information from case studies, technologies, and innovations to increase the safety of dams and levees along with their associated benefits.  I extend my sincere appreciation to Hon. ICOLD Vice President Maria Bartsch, Anders Isander – ICOLD 2023 Chairman, and the other members of the SwedCOLD Organizing Committee for their hard work and dedication to the success of our ICOLD 2023 meeting.

 

I strongly encourage our ICOLD family and friends to come together for ICOLD 2023 in Gothenburg as we continue the work to meet our mission in setting standards and guidelines to ensure that dams and levees are built and operated safely, efficiently, economically, and are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.  I invite representatives from all 104 ICOLD National Committees to participate in this meeting as we endeavor to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the development and management of the world’s water and hydropower resources. Take care for your health and safety, and I look forward to seeing you – in person – in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2023.

 

Yours faithfully,

icold

Former President, International Commission on Large Dams /

Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages (ICOLD/CIGB)

 

 

 

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12th ICOLD European Club Symposium - 5 to 8 September 2023

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The Swiss Committee on Dams is happy to invite you to the 12th ICOLD European Club Symposium, which will be held from the 5th to the 8th of September 2023 in Interlaken.

 

Joining us will be a great opportunity to participate in the festivities around the 75th anniversary of the Swiss Committee on Dams, founded in 1948.Today, new and unexpected challenges arise for Europe’s large array of existing dams, and fresh perspectives on the development of new projects for supporting Europe’s energy transition have emerged.

 

These new challenges are at the core of the themes proposed for development during the Symposium.

 

The 75th anniversary of the Swiss Committee on Dams will give an excellent opportunity to not only draw from the retrospective of Switzerland’s extensive history of dam development, but to also reveal perspectives on the new role of dams for a safer energy transition. This will be particularly commemorated in the Swiss Day sessions.

 

A series of workshops in various domains of dam design and safety will be proposed prior to the Symposium.A field visit to the construction site of the new Spitallamm double curvature arch dam will give a flavour of the challenges related to the construction of a new structure at the foot of an existing one.We are eager to meet you in Interlaken in 2023!

 

 

 

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XX TECHNICAL DAM CONTROL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - 12 - 15 September 2023

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Dear colleagues,
We warmly invite you to participate in the 20th jubilee edition of the International Conference
on Dam Engineering Control TKZ'2023.

 

`The conference will be held from 12 to 15 September 2023.

 

Themes of the conference

 

  1. Safety of dams
  2. Geotechnical aspects of hydraulic structures
  3. Operation, maintenance and renovation of hydraulic structures
  4. Modern technologies and methods for design and monitoring of hydraulic structures
  5. Hydraulic transport and wet waste disposal
  6. Hydroelectricity
  7. Role of hydraulic structures in shaping rivers
  8. Sustainable development and environmental impact of hydraulic structures
  9. Water retention in urban areas 


Publication of papers

 

  • Authors are requested to submit their papers to the organizing committee according to the above mentioned themes.
  • Submission of papers is possible after registration to the conference.
  • Papers will be reviewed and qualified for presentation at the conference and for publication in journals:
  • Archives of Civil Engineering (in English and with supplement)
  • Journal of Water and Land Development (in English and with supplement)
  • Energetyka Wodna (in Polish and English)
  • Gospodarka Wodna (in Polish and English)
  • Inzynier Budownictwa (in Polish)
  • IMGW Monographs (in Polish and English)

 

 

The conference is recommended for theorists and practitioners involved in the design, construction and operation of hydraulic structures.

 

The official languages of the conference are English and Polish.

 

The conference will be held in a hybrid format - stationary at the Diament Arsenal Palace Hotel in Chorzów (Poland) and online via a streaming platform.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a technical tour of the Goczalkowice reservoir.

 


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