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27th ICOLD World Congress - France, Marseille

Dates: 27/05/2022 - 03/06/2022


A paper by HYDROPOWER EUROPE will be presented.

The Symposium will focus on four themes:

Theme 1: Territorial and Water Multi-purpose Issues

Theme 2: Governance and Funding

Theme 3: Innovative solutions in reservoir uses

Theme 4: Operating Multi-purpose facilities

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What Research and Innovation are Needed to Tap More Hidden Hydro Opportunities in the Future?

Dates: 28/02/2022 14:00 CET - 28/02/2022 16:00 CET


Online Workshop: 28th February 2022: 14:00 – 16:00 CET

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The IEA Technology Cooperation Programme (TCP) on Hydropower (also known as IEA Hydro) is a working group of the International Energy Agency's member countries and others that have a common interest in advancing hydropower worldwide. Under the work programme Annex XVI “Hidden Hydro” is addressed work by four subtasks namely: 1) Updating Sustainable Hydropower Inventories; 2) Improving Performance from Existing Hydropower; 3) Adding Power to “Non-power Dams” and Water Management Facilities and 4) Hydropower Technology Research and Innovation in the context of “Hidden” Hydropower opportunities.

In the framework of subtask 4 and in collaboration with the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum an online kick-off workshop “What research and innovation are needed to tap more hidden hydro opportunities in future?” is organized. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss potential innovative research and development initiatives in the field of “Hidden and Untapped Hydropower Opportunities in Existing Infrastructures” that can contribute to the development of a future oriented research and innovation agenda. The latter should formulate needs for further technology development to maximize the future use of the potential of sustainable hidden hydropower. 

After a brief introduction of TCP Hydropower, a short presentation of Annex XVI and quick overview of subtasks 1,2 & 3 will be given. Then the Research and Innovation Agenda for Hydropower Development in Europe as developed by the Hydropower Europe Forum will be briefly presented with focus on Hidden Hydro.  Then the potential input from subtasks 1 to 3 will be presented for the regions Europe, Asia and North America.  The online workshop will be closed with roundtable involving all speakers and chairs and discussing the question how a future oriented research and Innovation agenda can be developed for Hidden Hydro. 

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The Important Role of Hydropower in the Energy Transition

Dates: 23/02/2022 09:30 CET - 23/02/2022 11:45 CET


23rd February 2022: Online 09:30 – 11:45

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This HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum event will present results and recommendations arising from the HYDROPOWER EUROPE project, which 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 2018.

Hydropower development in Europe faces a large number of challenges. To meet these environmental, societal, technological and commercial challenges, new approaches are needed. Europe's desire to decarbonise energy is a unique opportunity for hydropower to redeploy itself, provided it develops greater flexibility and social and environmental acceptability.

In the field of energy production, hydroelectricity remains an excellent catalyst to support the energy transition and the fight against global warming. Besides flexible electricity supply, hydropower reservoirs provide other services such as flood and drought protection and food and water supply, and thus contributes to the Water-Energy-Food NEXUS as well as achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Today, hydropower alone produces three quarters of renewable electricity in the world and still has strong development potential.


The objective of this online event is to present the results of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Project, namely the conclusions drawn from the various consultation events with different sector stakeholders which led to the creation of the Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA) and the Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR). The event focus will be on the following items:

  • Needs for Research and Innovation
  • Challenges of hydropower development in Europe
  • The future of the hydropower sector


The event will take place on the 23rd February 2022 from 9h30 to 11h45. 

After an opening address from an invited speaker from the European Commission underlying the importance of hydropower as a catalyst for the energy transition, the main outcomes and recommendations from the RIA and SIR will be presented.  The responsible EU project officers will then briefly comment on the achievements of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum. Then the question “What are the strategic actions to be deployed across all stakeholders?” will be addressed in a roundtable discussion involving all speakers and the participating audience. Finally, the intentions regarding the future of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum as a common and permanent voice in Europe will be presented. Closing remarks will conclude the event.

Brochures, summarising the RIA and SIR report findings and recommendations can be found here.  

Full ‘final draft’ copies of the RIA and SIR reports can be currently accessed via the consultation platform – see link to register below.  Public versions of the final reports will be issued later in February 2022.

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Implementing the EU Taxonomy in the Energy Industry

Dates: 18/01/2022 14:00 CET - 18/01/2022 15:00 CET



  1. Current status of the EU Taxonomy
  2. The implications for the energy industry
  3. Technical Programme

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Implementing the EU Taxonomy in the Energy Industry: Part I - the Climate Delegated Act

The EU Taxonomy Regulation (2020/852) establishes a classification system of environmentally sustainable economic activities. As detailed technical criteria have to be fulfilled and documented, vgbe energy supports the energy industry (utilities, manufacturers, etc.) in assessing their environmentally sustainable activities, applying the Climate Delegated Act of the EU Taxonomy.

Via activity-specific workshops participants will be enabled to exchange and discuss approaches, to share their experience and expectations related to the EU Taxonomy as well as to align ways of fulfilment and documentation.

Learn more about the approach, types of analysis expected, participation, etc. by following this Link for a closer look at the Technical Programme or by downloading our programme here.

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Enlit Europe 2021

Dates: 30/11/2021 - 02/12/2021


Enlit is a series of energy events unlike any other. It's the new unifying brand for European Utility Week & POWERGEN Europe and it showcases expert knowledge, innovative solutions and foresight from industry leaders, to help shape Europe's energy transition. 
Enlit Europe is rescheduled to 30 November through to 2 December 2021 at the Fiera Milano, in Milan, Italy.

Read more here: https://www.enlit-europe.com/welcome

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4th Annual International Summit and Exhibition Hydropower Balkans

Dates: 09/11/2021 - 10/11/2021


4th Annual International Summit and Exhibition: Balkans' Power is a professional platform, bringing together chief ministers, major investors, decision-makers of the leading hydro and solar power plants and investment project initiators, as well as regulators, to consolidate efforts focused on efficient implementation of key projects for the construction and reconstruction of HPPs across the Balkan region.

Summit Highlights 2021: 

  • 200+ POWER INDUSTRY DECISION-MAKERS from all over Balkan region companies, operators of construction, expansion and modernisation projects in hydropower, wind and solar industry, government officials, regulatory bodies, technology and service providers, international and local investors
  • 20+ ONGOING AND PROMISING PROJECTS on construction, expansion, modernisation of production facilities of industry renewable energy from all over the Balkan region to be implemented in 2021-2025
  • STRATEGIC PLENARY SESSION: Development of renewable energy sources in the Balkan region: inter-state cooperation, plans of governments, initiators, operators
  • SPECIAL FOCUS! Renewable energy in Serbia – status, government strategy, and future developments
  • EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION and showcase of innovative technology, solutions, and equipment – construction, modernisation, operation, production performance growth
  • INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: attracting investments, loans, state support and project financial management
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY AND SOCIAL ASPECTS in power industry: how to make the industry more environmentally and social friendly?
  • MEETING WITH TOP-MANAGERS and CTOs - discuss directly dealing with hazards and risks while developing projects in power industry
  • 30+ HOURS OF FORMAL AND INFORMAL NETWORKING: 1-2-1 pre-scheduled business meetings, interactive roundtables, cocktail reception and a lot more

Visit the website: https://www.hydropowerbalkans.com 

Contact Email: EHrykova@vostockcapital.com 

Contact Phone: +44 207 394 30 90 (London)

Country: Belgrade, Serbia

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UN Climate Change Conference - COP26

Dates: 01/11/2021 - 12/11/2021


The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on
1 – 12 November 2021.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Visit the website: www.ukcop26.org 

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EUSEW 2021

Dates: 25/10/2021 - 29/10/2021


Every year, the European Commission (DG ENER and EASME) organises the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. #EUSEW2021 will run from 25 to 29 October 2021 in a digital format, under the theme ‘Towards 2030: Reshaping the European Energy System’.In 2021, the EUSEW is divided into the main programme and the extended programme:

The main programme (25-29 October):

Interactive 3-day Policy Conference.
Debate with Ambassadors.
EUSEW Awards Ceremony.
European Youth Energy Day.
Networking village.

Extended programme (September and October):

Dedicated digital events complementing the main programme.
Energy Days showcasing the commitment of local communities across Europe.

The digital Policy Conference of EUSEW 2021 will take place online between 25 and 29 October 2021. Maximum of 3 organisations and no more than 5 speakers can apply taking into account gender balance. Each session duration is 90 minutes. The sessions in the Policy Conference should focus on sustainability, interactivity (engaging the online audience), and collaboration (positioning EUSEW as a community). The EU funded projects can submit a joined proposal and a consortium as a whole is considered as one of the organising entity.

The applications will open on the 13th of April and close on the 10th of May.

Digital events are part of the extended programme running from September to October. Even though the events are independently organised, the EUSEW 2021 organisers will support their communication on the EUSEW website, newsletters, and social media. At the EUSEW 2021 info session, Commission stated that there might be thematic clusters for different events. 30 sessions will be selected with a strong and clear objective.

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HYDRO 2021 - Roles of Hydro in the Global Recovery, Strasbourg

Dates: 25/10/2021 - 27/10/2021


Presentation of main outcomes of HYDROPOWER EUROPE with conference paper and participation to a special session of IEA Hydro.


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Dates: 19/10/2021 - 21/10/2021



The Energy Storage Global Conference offers a unique opportunity to industry, researchers and policymakers to exchange views on key issues for the storage sector. Representatives from around the world will come together for three days to discuss the latest developments in energy storage technologies, regulatory and policy frameworks, and the future storage market.

For the first time, this year's Conference will be a hybrid event, taking place in-person in Brussels and virtually. This format will facilitate networking and interactivity that we encourage as part of the Conference. All participants, sponsors and exhibitors will have the possibility to connect face-to-face and/or remotely and interact via chat, video and participate in planned networking activities before, during and after the event.

The fourth Energy Storage Global Conference is organised by EASE – The European Association for Storage of Energy



Hear about innovative business cases, investments, emerging markets, trends, and storage applications. 



Debate the most pressing challenges to the development of energy storage, learn from best practice examples, and discuss energy storage market design and regulatory frameworks with policymakers, national Regulatory Authorities, and speakers from around the globe. 



Discover the latest cutting-edge energy storage technologies and engage in thorough, technical discussions with leading experts driving storage technology development. 



The hybrid format will attract a wider audience compared to previous editions. Participants, that would be unable to join the on-site event, will be able to attend the Conference easily from afar.


The hybrid format will present participants, sponsors and exhibitors with the unique opportunity to engage both at the on-site and online activities through live chats, scheduled 1-to-1 meetings and live demos.


Previous editions have been extremely successful, attracting top-level European energy professionals and representatives from European Institutions.


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The HYDROFORUM 2021 conference Gdańsk

Dates: 13/10/2021 - 15/10/2021


HYDROFORUM 2021 is the 10th event in the series of Polish Hydropower Conferences that the Society of Hydroelectric Power Plants (TEW) has been organizing together with its partners since 2011. 
Despite its name, Polish Hydropower Conferences are international meetings, mainly covering the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Northern Europe. The proceedings are conducted in Polish and English, with simultaneous translation. The central point of the session is the HYDROFORUM Debate, devoted to the current problems of the sector in the country and the region. We invite representatives of central offices, the broadly understood hydropower sector and the world of science, as well as independent experts to the panel table. 

Registration form: www.hydroforum.tew.pl/index.php/en/registration-2/rejestration-online-2 

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Hydro21, Grenoble

Dates: 11/10/2021 08:30 CET - 12/10/2021 16:30 CET


Hydro 21 is an association that federates the competencies of the actors of the Alpine territories in hydraulics and hydropower. The aim of the "Focus Hydro" conferences, the 11th edition this year, is to promote hydropower and its multiple facets. In this case, on 2 July, the experts will discuss the structuring role of hydropower in the economic development and planning of our territories.

HYDROPOWER EUROPE will participate in the roundtable on:

Research and Innovation for Hydropower in Europe of Business
Concession renewal of hydropower in Europe

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HydroES - Hydropower and Environmental Sustainability - Hydropower as a catalyst for the energy transition in Europe

Dates: 22/09/2021 - 24/09/2021



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The HydroES 2021 conference is part of a conference series organized by the SHF over the past ten years with many French and European partners and sponsors. This 7th session will be devoted to "Hydropower, a catalyst for the energy transition in Europe" in partnership with the Hydropower Europe Forum and France Hydro Electricité (FHE). A full day, on September 22, is dedicated to the dissemination of the results of the Research and Innovation Agenda and the Strategic Industry Roadmap, prepared for Europe, by the HYDROPOWER EUROPE forum.

In the field of energy production, hydroelectricity remains an excellent tool to support the energy transition and the fight against global warming. Hydropower alone produces three quarters of renewable electricity in the world and still has strong development potential. The hydropower sector should contribute in a major way towards decarbonizing electricity generation systems and should continue to play an important role in economic development. 

However, it is clear that the deployment of hydroelectricity encounters a number of obstacles and resistance linked, in particular, to better consideration of environmental and societal issues.


The objective of this conference is to present technical, scientific and innovation progress in this sector, for consideration when addressing these obstacles. It is about highlighting the role and advantages of hydroelectricity in an energy system that is undergoing significant change. This conference will attempt to shed new light on the following questions: 

Faced with the increase in power supply from intermittent renewable energy sources (wind, solar, etc.), the flexibility of hydropower means that hydroelectricity can play a significant role in regulating the electricity network? 

  • What place in there for innovation in hydroelectricity? 
  • What is the hydroelectric power station of the future? 
  • How does the digital revolution and smart grids affect the future? 
  • How does the pressure of climate change affect water resources and multi-use of reservoirs? 
  • What are the solutions for storing hydro energy: WWTP, batteries, hydrogen,…?
  • How should we rehabilitate an ageing European portfolio of hydropower dams? 
  • How can we improve the acceptability of hydroelectric projects: more transparency, more safety and security…? 


The event runs from 22-24th September 2021 comprising:

22nd September 2021

A special one-day session will be allocated to the presentation of the work of the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum set up by the European Union’s HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It will introduce the conclusions from the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum’s extensive programme of consultation and planning.

  • Session 1:     Challenges for hydropower in Europe today
  • Session 2:     Needs for research and development – The Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA)
  • Session 3:     Supporting Industry – Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR)
  • Session 4:     The future of the Hydropower Europe Forum
More details and registration  for the September 22nd event here.

23rd - 24th September 2021   

Sessions about the business issues of hydroelectricity in general and small hydroelectricity in particular: 

  • Optimization of operating and maintenance tools
  • Hydroelectricity and climate change
  • Environment and society
  • Hydropower, innovation and intermittent renewable energy services 
    • PhD student pitch competition with H2O 

Programme details can be found here in English and French

More details and registration HydroES Conference, September 23-24th here.

Whilst the events are being run together at the same venue, separate registration is needed for participation in both events.

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HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum Dissemination Event

Dates: 22/09/2021 - 22/09/2021


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The HYDROPOWER-EUROPE project is built on the ambition to achieve a research and innovation agenda and a strategic industry roadmap for the hydropower sector, based on the synthesis of technical fora and transparent public debates through a forum that gathers all relevant stakeholders of the hydropower sector.

Following this vision over the past 2 years, the Hydropower Europe Forum has been created to facilitate communication with all stakeholders within the European hydropower value sector. The Forum now comprises nearly 600 different representatives and has been active in helping to develop the hydropower research and innovation agenda and strategic industry roadmap.

A special one-day session will now be held – in series with the HydroES 2021 conference in Lyon, to introduce the conclusions from this extensive programme of consultation and planning.

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE Forum dissemination event will be held at ENS Lyon on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. Participation can be either online or in person at the event, and is free regardless of mode of participation.  Please register for this HYDROPOWER EUROPE event using the link below or via the Hydro-ES event website, where you can also register for the wider programme of Hydro-ES 2021 events. The Hydro-ES 2021 conference website can be found here.

The 1-day event comprises four sessions:

Session 1:     Challenges for hydropower in Europe today
Session 2:     Needs for research and development – The Research and Innovation Agenda (RIA)
Session 3:     Supporting Industry – Strategic Industry Roadmap (SIR)
Session 4:     The future of the Hydropower Europe Forum


You can participate in this event either online or in person at ENS, Lyon. Participation is free, however we require participants to register to help plan accordingly.

If you would like to participate in this event, please register here.

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HYDROVISION International 2021 - Envisioning a Hydro Future

Dates: 21/09/2021 - 23/09/2021


HYDROVISION International is the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. Join attendees and exhibiting companies from around the world for a week of informative hydropower-focused meetings, workshops, tours, an extensive program and exhibition. HYDROVISION International highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.


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World Hydropower Congress 2021

Dates: 07/09/2021 - 24/09/2021


The World Hydropower Congress brings together leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

HYDROPOWER EUROPE will participate to International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event which is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and supported by more than 40 partner organisations.

The 2021 online World Hydropower Congress will launch with online events across multiple time zones, culminating in a summit on 7-24 September.

The event will be hosted by the Government of Costa Rica and Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE).

Read more: https://congress.hydropower.org 

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Dates: 02/09/2021 09:30 CET - 02/09/2021 11:00 CET


Sustainability and acceptability of hydropower as part of the clean energy transition

A fundamental challenge of the energy transition is the cost-effective integration of variable renewables and assurance of the security of supply. This session will show how pumped and storage hydropower can address environmental and social issues more sustainably.

The main goal of the Sustainable Energy Day session is to address hydro-generated environmental and social impacts and to underline hydropower’s role in the sustainable energy transition. To achieve common climate goals, storage hydropower and pumped-storage hydropower shall play an essential role in balancing variable renewable energy sources and to ensure reliability of the electricity supply.

To demonstrate that hydro has a place within the SET-Plan, the session shall involve policy-makers, the energy sector players and environmental organisations in discussions about successful case studies provided by hydropower as well as with a wider audience working on the transition towards a clean energy society.

The session will start with a brief introduction followed by keynote speakers. The panel discussion will be initiated and moderated by the experts on the topic. The interactive elements include voting options to foster the interactivity of the event in general and the panel discussion in particular. During the keynotes and the debate, the audience will be encouraged to give input through interactive polls, commenting, and asking questions.


9:30Event Introduction(Anton Schleiss)
9:35Technical Matters(Mark Morris)
9:40Introducing the Speakers, followed by Speaker Presentations(Session Chair: Ole Gunnar Dalhaugh)
10:40Questions and discussion with the audienceLead by Raffaele Guerini & Jean-Jacques Fry
11:00Interactive Poll on key speaker statements 
11:10Conclusions Lead by Anton Schleiss & Ole Gunnar Dalhaugh

The speakers will present the following topics:

Berit Köhler, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway:
Dr. Berit Köhler is a social science researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and coordinates currently the EERA Sub-program 5 “Social acceptance, engagement and policy”.  For her doctoral degree she studied social sustainability aspects of ecological river restoration in Switzerland. After moving to Norway, she has worked on social acceptance issues related to hydropower in the Interdisciplinary Norwegian National Research Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN) and the Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology (HYDROCEN), two of the National Centers for Environment-friendly Energy Research.
Social acceptance of hydropower in the clean energy transition
Agnès Barillier, EDF, France:
After her PhD at CEMAGREF, Agnès Barillier carried out environmental impact studies of hydraulic projects in a consulting firm; she then joined the EDF hydraulic engineering centre in 2001. Specialised in environmental assessment and ecological restoration of rivers, she leads R&D programmes on these subjects, always in direct connection with operational hydroelectric projects; for example, since 2001, Agnès has been leading all the ecological studies relating to rhenan alluvial biodiversity restoration measures associated with the renewal of the Kembs hydroelectric scheme. She is also working on the assessment of hydropeaking impacts and on locally adapted measures to mitigate them.
Aligning hydropower and environmental issues – some examples of successful practice
Staffan Lundström, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden: 
Staffan Lundström has been an active researcher in the area of hydropower since 2000 and is currently member of the Executive board and leader WP5 (Social Acceptance and Mitigation of Environmental Impact) in Hydroflex an H2020 project, coordinator  of SP4 in EERA JP Hydropower (Water resources, environmental impacts and climate adaptation), university manager and main applicant of Swedish Hydropower Centre (SVC) and serves as Academic Backbone of the “111 Project” Discipline Innovation and Research Base on River Network Hydrodynamics System and Safety” at Hohai University, China. He has been the main supervisor of 20 students that completed their PhD studies, and additional 7 students who have taken the Licentiate degree and has guided 9 young researchers. He has evaluated 15 positions at Universities in three countries and more than 40 PhD-thesis in 10 countries. He has contributed to more than 300 scientific papers of which more than 160 in in journals with peer review system.
Mitigation of environmental impact from flexible hydropower
Nuno Portal, EDP Produção, Portugal:
Nuno Portal works in EDP Group, the larger electricity company in Portugal, with a relevant operation in more 19 other countries. Nuno Portal is currently the Sustainability director of EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, SA., one of the EDP Group Companies which produces and distributes electric energy in Portugal. He has a great experience in all processes related with environment and social approvals of new Hydro Power Schemes, as well as in environmental maintenance of Hydropower and Thermal Plants.
Sustainability challenges in hydropower projects: past, present and future


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SOLAR-HYDRO 2021 ~ Floating solar PV on dam reservoirs and Solar-hydro hybridization

Dates: 07/07/2021 - 08/07/2021


The Aqua-Media team together with ICOLD’s Technical Committee on Emerging Challenges and Solutions will host a two-day online conference in July, which will focus on floating solar PV panels operating on dam reservoirs.

The conference will include presentations on experience with solar-hydro installations in various parts of the world and will review the potential for future installations. As well as the enormous advantages of this technology, in allowing the development of large-scale renewable projects while avoiding the environmental impacts associated with land-based schemes, speakers will address practical issues such as appropriate moorings, and how to ensure robustness in harsh weather conditions.

Click here to read details and to connect with the registration system: https://www.hydropower-dams.com/solar-hydro/ 

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Hidden Hydro - Annex XVI by IEA

Dates: 01/07/2021 - 01/07/2021


HYDROPOWER EUROPE will participate in Session 4 regarding the Research & Innovation Agenda.

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HYDROPOWER: How to avoid potential pollution sources and to mitigate environmental impacts by innovative measures and concepts

Dates: 08/06/2021 14:00 CET - 08/06/2021 16:15 CET


At the EU Green Week 2021, HYDROPOWER EUROPE organises a Partner Event raising the issue of how to avoid potential pollution sources and mitigate environmental impacts through innovative measures.

Around this question, the roundtable will openly discuss the challenges regarding potential pollution in a narrower sense and environmental as well as social-economic impacts in a wider sense.

Looking at pollution in a narrow sense, one may recognize that this is not the main problem and challenge for hydropower deployment. Nevertheless, potential pollution sources have to be avoided in a hydropower project from the design to construction to operation to refurbishment and finally decommissioning by the timely implementation of protection and mitigation measures.

The objective of the roundtable is also to make a contribution to improving the quality and the continuity of European rivers and to shed light on good practice that should serve as the basic standard for hydropower deployment.

The roundtable discussion shall bring together NGO representatives, academia, major utilities, policymakers, and the wider audience including consumers and future entrepreneurs working on a transition towards a clean energy society.

The outcomes of the roundtable discussion will also provide a rich source of ideas and suggestions for the Hydropower Europe Forum to consider when finalizing its main documents, which comprise the Research and Innovation Agenda and Strategic Industry Roadmap for hydropower in Europe.

Provisional Agenda:

The roundtable is planned for the 8th of June 2021 from 2 pm – 4.15 pm CET.
1. Setting the scene – Hydropower: from pollution to impact? – 5 min

2. Keynote speech: Potential sources of pollution and main environmental impacts during the lifetime cycle of a hydropower plant: examples to manage them - 20 min
Claire Descourtieux, Head of the environment department, EDF Hydro Engineering Centre

3. Short experts statements as a triggering input for the roundtable discussion: How to avoid potential pollution sources and mitigate environmental impacts by innovative measures and concepts? – 30 min

4. Roundtable discussion with all participants – 75 min
Moderated by Anton Schleiss & Jean-Jacques Fry, Coordinators of HYDROPOWER EUROPE

5. Closing remarks – 10 min

REGISTER HERE: https://hydropower-europe.eu/upcoming-events/european-green-week-2021/

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EU Green Week 2021

Dates: 31/05/2021 - 04/06/2021


EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and around the globe.

The 2021 edition of EU Green Week will take place from 31 May to 4 June 2021, with Partner Events taking place between 3 May and 13 June.

The European Green Week 2021 will be dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’. It will be an opportunity to engage with all stakeholders and interested citizens on how we can work together to make the ambition for a zero pollution and toxic-free environment a reality.

For more, click here: https://www.eugreenweek.eu 

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European Conference on Access to Risk Finance for Clean Energy Technologies

Dates: 25/05/2021 - 27/05/2021


On 25 - 27 May 2021, The European Conference on Access to Risk Finance will gather clean energy technology stakeholders from all over Europe. The Conference will include plenary sessions that will explore the European funding offer for clean energy technologies, engaging outstanding speakers over the course of two days. The Conference will also provide matchmaking opportunities to clean energy technology developers, investors and funding experts - all through this online platform.

These topics will be addressed:

  • InvestEU
  • EFSI former projects
  • ETS Innovation Fund
  • Interreg
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • How to unlock private funding

The Conference will benefit you as:
Investor - find qualified European innovators during 1:1 meetings
Clean energy technology developer/innovator - to establish the right connection that will help your project take off
Funding expert - to share your knowledge 

Register until 20 May 2021! https://european-conference-on-access-to.b2match.io 

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VGB Expert Event Ecology and Environment in Hydropower 2021

Dates: 19/05/2021 12:00 CET - 20/05/2021 18:00 CET


    Environmental protection and preservation of nature are one of key challenges not only for hydropower but for society as a whole. As one of the most environmentally and climate-friendly forms of energy generation, hydropower plays an important part in the current energy system and that of the future. For this, balancing hydropower and ecology in the best possible way is a key aspect to ensure the further expansion of hydropower, while also maintaining existing plants to meet responsibilities and ameliorate the public perception. Due to a large number of influences on the fish population and the condition of the bodies of water, it is advisable to consider the entire spectrum in terms of impact and cost-efficiency.

    The international event will bring together experts from leading operators, manufacturers and suppliers, authorities, scientists as well as related stakeholders to discuss important issues in the field of ecology and environment in hydropower in the sessions on:

    • Good practices of ecological hydraulic engineering and renaturation measures
    • Country experiences with the implementation of the WFD
    • Sediment management strategies and approaches for operating with hydropeaking
    • Lessons learned from fish migration and monitoring systems

    The online web conference consists of:

    • Webinar with 12 lectures
    • Virtual breakout rooms after each session with the opportunity to meet the experts 

    Take a look at the programme: https://vgb.zummit.com/events/eehpp-2021/4090/JERXH/ 

    Register here: https://www.vgb.org/en/mform-form_id-791861.html  

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    FIThydro - International Conference on Fishfriendly Hydropower

    Dates: 17/03/2021 - 18/03/2021


    The conference is the final event of FIThydro (www.fithydro.eu), an EU-funded H2020 research project (2016-2021), which aims to support decisions on commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. The project concentrates on environmental impact assessment and the development of cost-effective environmental mitigation measures and strategies to avoid fish damage and to support self-sustainable fish populations.

    Conference topics

    • Assessing the response and resilience of fish populations in hydropower-affected rivers
    • Innovative methods, tools and devices for sustainable and fish-friendly hydropower
    • Strategies and decision support tools to mitigate hydropower impacts on fish and fisheries using conventional and innovative cost-efficient measures
    • Spin-off collaborations and road mapping the research agenda for fish-friendly and sustainable hydropower

    The conference will be held online on 17-18 March 2021. Click here to register: https://wiki.tum.de/display/bguwb/FIThydro+Final+conference+Registration 

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    CEATI International’s 12th Annual Hydropower Conference

    Dates: 02/03/2021 - 04/03/2021


    CEATI International’s 12th Annual Hydropower Conference will focus on the risk and uncertainty that hydropower owners and operators currently face. The event will feature case studies on the following topics:

    1. Operational reliability, including condition assessment, inspection, and maintenance of critical equipment
    2. Examples of risk-informed decision making, risk prioritization, and risk management applied by hydropower utilities and dam owners
    3. Coordination and communication between plant operators, dam safety engineers, and water managers
    4. Use and verification of instrumentation and automation
    5. Data management and data quality control
    6. Balancing risks and operating during a pandemic

    See the agenda here: https://www.ceati.com/event/HYDRO2021/HYDRO2021_Agenda.pdf

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    EU Industry Days 2021

    Dates: 23/02/2021 - 26/02/2021


    EU Industry Days is Europe's flagship annual event on industry. It serves as the main platform to discuss industrial challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue with a wide range of partners.

    It also helps to ensure that our policy at European, national, regional and local levels works together to enable European industry to deliver jobs, growth, and innovation in Europe.

    The next edition will take place in the week of 23-26 February 2021. It happens in a very special moment, when our industry is embarking upon green and digital transformation, opening up new opportunities for EU businesses and citizens.

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    XFLEX HYDRO report on flexibility, technologies and scenarios for hydropower

    Dates: 30/11/2020 14:30 GMT - 30/11/2020 15:45 GMT


    This webinar will present a new XFLEX HYDRO report titled ‘Flexibility, technologies and scenarios for hydropower’, by the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC).

    Contributing authors are: The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Power Vision Engineering (PVE), SuperGrid Institute, the International Hydropower Association (IHA), EDP Centre for New Energy Technologies (EDP CNET) and The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

    INESC TEC, together with the above XFLEX HYDRO project partners, is developing a comprehensive framework to assess flexibility and system support services provision for future power systems linking hydroelectric power plants, system services technical aspects and market mechanisms.

    INESC TEC will present their new report on the early stages of this work, covering:

    ·         Ancillary services and market frameworks – current and future trends

    ·         XFLEX HYDRO project demonstrations and technological solutions to be assessed and/or implemented

    ·         Early-stage matrices to evaluate ancillary services, markets and the XFLEX HYDRO demonstrations

    ·        An overview of the existing hydroelectric power plants portfolio in Europe.

    The presenters will be:

    ·         Prof. Carlos Moreira, Senior Researcher at INESC TEC

    ·         Prof. François Avellan, XFLEX HYDRO Project Scientific Advisor

    ·         Dr. Elena Vagnoni, scientist and lecturer at EPFL and XFLEX HYDRO Scientific Coordinator



    The webinar will be chaired by Mr Richard Taylor, XFLEX HYDRO Strategic Advisor.

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    ICOLD Annual General Assembly 2020

    Dates: 30/11/2020 - 30/11/2020



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    Dates: 26/11/2020 - 26/11/2020


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    The conference program of the RENEXPO INTERHYDRO offers operators, planners, project developers, investors, municipalities and energy providers the ideal platform for presentations, knowledge transfer and exchange of experience. Meet decision-makers from local politics, science and research as well as industry and make international contacts.

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    Florence School of Regulation: A new era for hydropower in Europe?

    Dates: 16/10/2020 13:00 CEST - 16/10/2020 15:00 CEST


    Project Coordinator for HYDROPOWER EUROPE, Anton Schleiss, is presenting at this FSR online workshop. His presentation is titled "Hydropower as a catalyst for the energy transition in Europe".

    Increased constraints on water management, demanding targets on renewable energy, renewal of concessions, climate change is an invitation-only event.

    Back in 2014 and 2016, the Florence School studied hydropower in Europe, thinking that, in the EU single electricity market, the coherent European policy for hydropower had to be defined. This is now even more topical and urgent than ever. This workshop seeks to address the entire hydro-electricity landscape at the EU policy level. Increased constraints on water management, demanding targets on renewable energy, renewal of concessions, climate change societal or professional impacts and consequences are powerful drivers transforming hydro-electricity technicalities and stakes.

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    Interactive Workshop - Addressing technical, environmental, and social challenges for hydropower as a catalyst for the clean energy transition in Europe

    Dates: 12/10/2020 09:00 CET - 13/10/2020 12:00 CET


    Due to its flexibility in generating, storing and releasing energy, hydropower can be a catalyst for the clean energy transition in Europe. However, hydropower faces a complex set of policy, environmental, societal, technological and market challenges. While hydropower is a catalyst for a carbon-neutral economy and a boost to regional development, its benefits are currently not valued in the market. Therefore, hydropower needs to become more cost-competitive and find novel and acceptable approaches to future development in accordance with evolving environmental and social demands.

    This interactive online workshop focusses discussion and feedback around key issues affecting four main topic areas:

    (i)           Policy and regulatory issues
    (ii)          Technical challenges and research and innovation priorities
    (iii)         Environmental issues
    (iv)         Social issues

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    IEA Hydro Annex IX - status and plans

    Dates: 24/09/2020 - 24/09/2020


    Anton Schleiss as the coordinator of HYDROPOWER EUROPE participated to the online workshop in which the progress of work within joint Annex IX-XII Task “Climate Change Services Adaptation: Flood control and drought management”  and the White Paper: “Hydropower providing flood control and drought management” was discussed in detail based on case studies. Furthermore the progress of work within “Flexibility services provided by hydropower” was presented and discussed.

    Anton Schleiss was invited to give an overview of the work progress of Hydropower Europe with focus on the 2nd wider online consultation.

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    Dates: 29/06/2020 10:00 - 29/06/2020 14:00


    Rivers rank among the most threatened ecosystems in the world, but also among the most valuable to society. Therefore, a large amount of funding is made available for restoration programmes. Conflict over water is not only one of the most widespread global stressors, but can also have an impact on nature and people. For centuries, dams and weirs have been built to control floods, improve navigation, provide supply for drinking water or irrigation, create or enhance recreation opportunities, as well as a means for hydropower production. However, these dams and weirs also fragment the river systems, which is especially evident in Europe.

    One of the major challenges to achieving a good ecological status of European rivers under the Water Framework Directive is to reduce the fragmentation of stream habitats caused by these man-made barriers, many of which are no longer in or of use. Improving stream connectivity, therefore, has been flagged as one of the priorities for more efficient stream restoration.

    For such improvement measures, it is important to consider the challenges and opportunities of both, the ecological aspects as well as the benefits that dams provide for society. This webinar, held on June 29th, will explore the impacts dams and other barriers have on ecosystems and habitats, as well as the way novel technologies and adaptive management can help restore stream connectivity in more efficient ways.


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    Building Back Better and Greener with Sustainable Hydropower

    Dates: 24/06/2020 8:30 - 24/06/2020 12:00


    The World Bank Global Solutions Group on Hydropower and the ESMAP Hydropower Development Facility invite you to a four-part webinar.

    The energy mix is moving towards one made up predominantly of weather-dependent, variable renewable energy sources. This current time of reflection gives the opportunity to assess the best use of hydropower resources. Done right, hydropower’s operational flexibility could be fundamental to achieving the green transition.

    In four sessions, this webinar will congregate leaders from the World Bank Group, donors and partner organizations. Each will present their thoughts on key topics, and audience participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to enrich the discussion.


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    EUSEW Electric Break One - Climate neutrality in the context of the EU Green Recovery

    Dates: 23/06/2020 17:30 - 23/06/2020 18:00


    Electrification already drives innovation and new business models. The aim is to deliver lower energy costs and lower climate emissions for all Europeans. 

    Electricity connect energy transition to many other sectors, such as health, digitalisation, innovation, food and ICT to name a few. Electrification is the key way for fulfilling Green Deal and mitigating climate change. It is also the most economic way to deep energy transition, reaching downstream to industry, SMEs and private households.

    Going beyond energy sector and focusing on final energy and demand side, these daily discussions will be reflecting on the EUSEW high level policy events’ themes. No presentations, but a free-flowing live discussion facilitated by the moderator open for your questions.

    On the Day One of the EUSEWElectric series we are discussing climate neutrality, decarbonisation, sector integration from the position of electrification of transport, heat and industries.


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    New business models to de-risk investments and kick start the EU building renovation wave

    Dates: 18/06/2020 12:00 - 18/06/2020 13:30


    To effectively de-risk investments in the building sector and facilitate the upgrading of building performance and energy efficiency services in Europe, policy, financing and technical tools need to work together in a coordinated and coherent manner. This session aims to demonstrate how a selection of front running H2020 projects are working to overcome barriers to achieve the doubling of the building renovation rate needed to reach the EU’s ambitious 2050 goal of becoming the 1st 'Climate-Neutral Continent' (EU Green Deal).

    These projects support the energy transition through cooperation in research and innovation, aiming to design and disseminate new business models, technical and financial tools, frameworks for standardisation and benchmarking of sustainable energy investments, as well as educational material and guidelines for European energy markets.

    This session aims to:

    1. Present advancements in energy efficiency financing to foster sustainable growth and novel demand side business models, supporting the identification of transparent and predictable investments.

    2. Illustrate practical examples of how existing and emerging financing and technical tools are facilitating building renovation projects and targeting recommendations on policy framework and market architecture.

    3. Gather feedback from relevant stakeholders to improve the policy-relevance of project outcomes, actively engage and invite them for further collaboration on energy efficiency financing.

    The session will address key current challenges, such as mainstreaming energy efficiency finance through innovative mechanisms, valuing energy efficiency infrastructure and demand-side flexibility as energy resources, and highlighting the role of standardised technical quality criteria and certification schemes.


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    ETIP SNET Virtual Workshop / Plenary Session and Session on Infrastructure for integrated energy systems as key enablers of the energy transition

    Dates: 18/06/2020 10:00 - 18/06/2020 12:30


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    Moderator: Norela Constantinescu
    Technical Support: Michele de Nigris

    The Session 4 has been focused on the infrastructures for energy transition towards 2050, and it deals mainly with 3 Functionalities of the ETIP SNET Roadmap (RM) 2020-2030.

    • F7 (Electricity Systems and Networks): the “Upgraded electricity networks, integrated components and systems” functionality is important in relation to the growing electrification and the more decentralized deployment of renewable power generation, that will require reinforced and smarter electricity networks, able to accommodate both centralized and decentralized elements and to make the best of RES allocation over the European territory. Pervasive network digitalisation, supported by high-capacity cyber-secure communication networks, will ensure decentralized monitoring and control. Not only density of the network, but also interconnection capacities –with harmonized security, planning and operation standards- will be needed to match growing RES supply and electricity demand over larger areas, as well as transparency to market participants all over Europe.

    • F8 (Business): the “Energy System Business (includes models, regulatory)” functionality is a direct consequence of the functionality F7, which requires new forms of business models, of regulatory rules. Business models are constantly to be adapted in real-world business. F8 includes Business models, market design, regulatory rules, market governance, business models adapted to energy and computer- ICT- and monitoring and control system architectures, managing grid-connected flexibilities and their optimal aggregation.

    • F9 (Simulation tools): the “Simulation tools for electricity and energy systems (Software)” functionality is (besides F8) a direct consequence of the F7, which requires new simulation tools and simulation results of electricity but also energy system beyond electricity. F9 includes Short-term market-related simulations including for handling security issues of all kinds, long- and medium-term integrated energy system (heating and cooling, gas) and electricity system planning related models and simulations, electricity system congestion and stability-handling tools for all time intervals from seconds to hours; electricity system analysis, observation and optimisation tools and software; system-control-related model-predictive simulations and optimisations of the electricity system and life-cycle related ageing simulations.

    These 3 Functionalities (F7, F8 and F9) are related with several specific Research Areas (RAs) and Research Sub Areas (RSAs) of the RM they contribute to. In particular, they deal with:
    ▪ RA1: consumer, prosumer and citizen energy community (F7, F8)
    ▪ RA2: system economics (F8)
    ▪ RA3: digitalization (F7)
    ▪ RA4: planning - holistic architectures and assets (F7, F9)
    ▪ RA5: flexibility enablers and system flexibility (F7, F9)
    ▪ RA6: system operation (F7, F9).

    Comments from HYDROPOWER EUROPE partners who participated in the workshop

    The reaction in the debate by HYDROPOWER EUROPE representatives:

    Concerning discussion about 2. ETIP SNET priorities on business models, regulation and
    legislation, we must add that some national regulations require operators of storage facilities,
    including active consumers, to pay network charges or energy taxes and other levies twice.
    It is clear that the abolishment of this burden would lead to more energy storage projects
    being deployed. 

    Another reaction by International Hydropower Association representing HPE:

    Just to underline the notes and comments already said in functionality F8: on the need for
    supportive regulations and market design (a) to modernise and enhance hydro flexibility,
    and (b) to properly reward hydropower’s flexible and ancillary services delivered to support
    network operations, not just its generation.

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    Are NECPS fit to deliver the EU climate law?

    Dates: 16/06/2020 10:00 - 16/06/2020 11:30


    As part of the European Union’s 2030 climate and energy package, the EU Member States are required to develop energy and climate strategies (NECPs). Following the launch of the European Green Deal and the publication of the EU Climate Law proposal, this session will discuss their implications on the NECPs and climate and energy targets. Building on the European Commission’s final revision of the plans in the second half of 2020, the session will elaborate on the level of ambition put forward by the Member States, and on the role of civil society in upscaling climate action guided by the European Climate Law.
    This webinar will also examine the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the NECPs and discuss how various financing opportunities such as the proposed Just Transition Mechanism, and the recovery plan can be aligned with the NECPs to deliver both economic recovery and green transition.
    A critical eye will be cast on the ambition of the final NECPs, addressing energy efficiency, renewables, and emissions reductions in light of the European Climate Law.

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    Water challenges in the European Green Deal - EurAqua webinar

    Dates: 11/06/2020 10:00 - 11/06/2020 12:30


    Within the context of the European Green Deal, EurAqua is organizing a webinar with the focus on nature-based solutions to increase climate resilience to hydrological extremes and to protect, conserve and enhance EU’s natural capital.


    10.00 Welcome and introduction
    Anna-Stiina Heiskanen – Chair EurAqua

    10:10 Green Deal and water research challenges
    Panagiotis Balabanis – EU DG Research and Innovation

    10:40 Nature-based solutions in river basin management
    Ellis Penning – Deltares

    11:10 Natural capital to support the European Green Deal
    Bruna Grizzetti – Joint Research Centre

    11:40 Nature-based solutions as a strategy to meet WFD requirements
    Daniel Hering – University Duisburg-Essen

    12.10 Conclusions
    Laurence Carvalho and Harm Duel – EurAqua

    12.25 Final remarks and closing
    Anna-Stiina Heiskanen – Chair EurAqua
    12:30 End


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    IEA Hydro Annex IX workshop: Valuing Hydropower Flexibility in Evolving Electricity Markets

    Dates: 03/06/2020 14:00 - 03/06/2020 16:30


    This online workshop was "attended" by more than 60 participants from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Iceland, India, Japan,Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA,  IEA HQ, the EU and The World Bank.


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    Renexpo Western Balkans - postponed due to COVID

    Dates: 13/05/2020 - 14/05/2020



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    Berlin Energy Transition Dialogues

    Dates: 24/03/2020 - 25/03/2020



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    FIThydro European Stakeholder Workshop on Fish-Friendly Hydropower

    Dates: 28/01/2020 11:00 - 29/01/2020 15:00


    The workshop is scheduled to take place at the Herman Teirlinck building in Brussels. It will start at 11:00 (registration) on 28 January and finish by 15:00 on 29 January.

    This event is being organised in the context of FIThydro, a 4-year EU-funded H2020 research project (2016-2020), which addresses decision support in commissioning and operating hydropower plants by use of existing and innovative technologies. FIThydro concentrates on mitigation measures and strategies to develop cost-effective environmental solutions and on strategies to avoid fish damage and enhance population developments.

    Technical results from FIThydro research will be presented, that can directly support better and more transparent implementation of EU and national policies for renewable energy production and aquatic ecosystems protection. Participating experts will be invited to give their feedback on the added value of tools developed by FIThydro for decision-making and to exchange on the needs for further action and research for more fish-friendly hydropower.

    You will find the draft version of the workshop programme at: https://www.fithydro.eu/workshop-eu/

    Parallel discussion groups at the workshop will address different topics:

    • Tools for risk assessment and impact assessment
    • Measures selection using decision support tools, such as the FIThydro Decision-Support
    • System and FIThydro Wiki
    • Solutions for downstream migration
    • Solutions for impacts related to residual flow stretches (bypassed reaches)
    • New diagnostic Methods, Tools and Devices (MTDs)

    The parallel discussion groups will serve as a platform to discuss FIThydro’s outputs relevant to the topic as well as exchange on other relevant activities carried out in European countries by different stakeholders.

    In order to register, please submit this registration form online by 29 November 2019 at the latest: https://registration.ecologic-events.eu/fithydro-european-stakeholder-workshop

    More information on the venue, hotel suggestions and other logistical information are available at: https://www.fithydro.eu/workshop-eu/

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    HYDRO 2019

    Dates: 14/10/2019 - 16/10/2019


    HYDRO 2019

    Concept to closure: Practical steps


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    11th ICOLD European Club Symposium

    Dates: 02/10/2019 - 04/10/2019

    3rd Regional Consultation Workshop

    Dates: 30/09/2019 - 01/10/2019


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    3rd Regional Consultation Workshop – Chania, Greece

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    2nd Regional Consultation Workshop

    Dates: 11/09/2019 - 12/09/2019


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    2nd Regional Consultation Workshop – Lausanne, Switzerland

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    1st Regional Consultation Workshop

    Dates: 28/08/2019 - 29/08/2019


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    1st Regional Consultation Event – Lulea, Sweden

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    World Hydropower Congress 2019

    Dates: 14/05/2019 - 16/05/2019

    HydroEs 2019

    Dates: 29/01/2019 - 30/01/2019


    HydroEs 2019

    What future for hydropower in France and in Europe? 


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