17 May 2019
Commitments underpin the renewable energy transition, manage climate risks and champion good practice
The seventh World Hydropower Congress concluded in Paris this week with 750 delegates from 70 countries participating. Partner organisations announced a range of initiatives to ensure hydropower projects and assets can bring maximum benefits when delivered sustainably.
16 May 2020
The prestigious 2019 IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was jointly awarded to three leading members of the hydropower community, at an awards ceremony at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris on 15 May.
The award went to: Karin Seelos, Statkraft Vice President (Power Generation and International Affairs); Refaat Abdel Malek, Former President of IHA and Vice Chairman of MWH Global; and Yan Zhiyong, Chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China.
The 2019 IHA Young Researcher Award has been jointly awarded to two rising stars from universities in Switzerland and China, at an awards ceremony at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris.
Martina Botter, a PhD student at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and Weijia Yang, a Research Associate Professor at Wuhan University, were recognised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) for their research studies.
The 2019 IHA Blue Planet Prize, which recognises excellence in sustainable hydropower development, has been awarded to the Reventazón Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica.
Reventazón is the largest hydropower project in Central America with 305.5 megawatts of installed capacity. Since it came into operation in 2016, the project has led Costa Rica to achieve a target of generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources.
The 2019 World Hydropower Congress opened in Paris on Tuesday with delegates sharing perspectives on the role of hydropower in helping countries achieve national priorities and bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to communities.
In his speech at the opening plenary, IHA President Ken Adams welcomed the 750 participants and partners from more than 70 countries that are taking part in this year’s event, which is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
Benefit sharing considers the fair and equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of a hydropower project, writes Eduard Wojczynski, consultant at Manitoba Hydro International.
Hydropower project developers and operators are enhancing the sustainability of their projects and reducing project risks by improving the livelihood and quality of life for affected people compared to their pre-project situation.
Water power is establishing itself as the number one asset in reaching Canada's climate change goals, writes Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President of WaterPower Canada.
Climate and sustainable development top the agenda as high-level speakers are announced
8 May 2019
The 2019 World Hydropower Congress opens in Paris next week, drawing more than 700 delegates from over 70 countries to the French capital.
Benoît Revaz, Director at the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, talks about hydropower's role in Switzerland since it became the base for the country’s electrification at the start of the 20th century.