January 31, 2024

European energy consortium upgrades hydropower plants to support power grid

Energy leaders met in Switzerland today to hear about a series of technological upgrades made to hydropower plants across Europe to support the energy transition and secure the stability of the power grid.

Read more
August 2, 2023

What exactly is flexibility? A visit to Portugal's hydropower plants lifts the veil on the future of energy

Understanding flexibility offers key insights into how renewable energy can adapt to our evolving needs. A step behind the scenes at EDP’s hydropower plants in Portugal provides a glimpse into this important concept.

Read more
September 26, 2022

Finish line in view for the XFLEX Hydro project

HEIDENHEIM, 26 SEPTEMBER 2022. One of the most ambitious research and technology projects in the energy sector is entering its last phase, with less than a year to go before completion.

Read more
June 7, 2022

French hydropower plant aims to increase efficiency and flexibility

The Grand'Maison hydropower plant in the French Alps is testing how Hydraulic Short Circuit (HSC) technology can enable the simultaneous use of very high head pumps and Pelton turbines, using smart digital controls.

Read more
April 8, 2022

Assessing low-cost ways to increase hydropower’s services at Alqueva

The Alqueva pumped storage hydropower plant in Portugal is exploring three low capital expenditure opportunities to increase the plant’s services to the electricity grid.

Read more
November 19, 2021

EU smart hydropower initiative passes milestone at COP26

The €18 million joint project by 19 leading utilities, equipment manufacturers, universities, research centres, consultancies, including…

Read more
September 20, 2021

Advances in hydropower tech can support renewable power system security

At the World Hydropower Congress, participants in the EU-funded energy innovation project XFLEX HYDRO presented the extraordinary advances in digital…

Read more
August 21, 2021

Demand for smart hydropower tech to grow rapidly according to industry survey

Demand is expected to soar for innovative new hydropower technologies which provide flexibility and resilience for electricity grids…

Read more
December 23, 2020

Key performance indicators: tracking progress of the project innovations

Research institute and university The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), is leading work to assess the impact of XFLEX HYDRO’s demonstrations on hydro plant operations and maintenance.

Read more