Adapting Hydropower for Flexibility: An Overview

What is flexibility, how does it apply it hydropower and how can we quantify its benefits?

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Pushing Flexibility To The Limit With New Equipment

Key words: Pumped storage, Full-size frequency converters, Grande Dixence, Alpiq

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Enhanced Flexibility With A Variable Speed Power Plant

Key words: Hydraulic short circuit, Directly-fed induction machine, Frades, EDP

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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...

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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...

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World Hydropower Congress 2021 – Part Two

Part two of the online World Hydropower Congress session ‘Smart hydropower: extending power…

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World Hydropower Congress 2021 – Part one

Part one of the online World Hydropower Congress session ‘Smart hydropower: extending power…

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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...

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Flexibility Market

The deployment of any flexible technology depends, among other things, on assessment of its cost-benefits and socio-environmental impacts.

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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..

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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...

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EU smart hydropower initiative passes milestone at COP26

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

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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…

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Ancillary Services Matrix - stage 1

This is the first stage of the ancillary services matrix, which will guide development and technology…

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Creating an Ancillary Services Matrix

Understanding the power and energy services needed to balance the grid, both now and in the future, is an important first step.

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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…

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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 demonstration

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Connecting initiatives

Links to other projects and initiatives relevant to XFLEX HYDRO.

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