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October 17, 2022

Ground-breaking upgrade at hydropower plant provides unexpected boost to energy security

OZ-EN-OISANS, 17 October 2022 – With energy experts scrambling to find a solution to the looming gas supply crisis in Europe, a relatively simple upgrade to a hydropower plant in France…

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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.

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June 15, 2022

Run-of-river hydropower plant tests hydro-battery-hybrid

The Vogelgrun hydropower plant on the Rhine River is testing how a battery energy storage system (BESS) can increase the flexibility of the plant and reduce wear and tear effects.

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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.

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April 21, 2022

Major step forward as Vogelgrun battery system arrives

A battery energy storage system (BESS) container to be used in the XFLEX HYDRO initiative arrived at EDF’s Volgelgrun hydropower plant on 1 April 2021.

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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.

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April 7, 2022

Alto Lindoso & Caniçada, Portugal

Alto Lindoso and Caniçada are two reservoir storage hydropower plants, each equipped with Francis turbine units with a total installed capacity of 630 MW and 70 MW, respectively.

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April 7, 2022

Alqueva, Portugal

Alqueva is a pumped storage hydropower plant equipped with four fixed-speed reversible pump-turbine units with a total installed capacity of 520 MW.

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April 7, 2022

Frades 2, Portugal

Frades 2 is a pumped storage hydropower plant, equipped with two variable speed units composed of two 390 MW reversible pump-turbines coupled with doubly-fed…

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April 7, 2022

Grand'Maison

Grand'Maison is a pumped storage hydropower plant featuring twelve 150 MW units, consisting of four Pelton turbines and eight reversible pump-turbines.

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April 7, 2022

Vogelgrun, France

Vogelgrun is a run-of-river hydropower plant equipped with four 39 MW Kaplan units. For the XFLEX HYDRO demonstration, one of the units is hybridised with a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

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April 7, 2022

Z'mutt, Switzerland

Z’Mutt is the largest pumped storage hydropower plant of the Grand Dixence hydroelectric complex, featuring five units with a total pumping power of 88 MW.

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February 2, 2022

Testing an innovative hydropower operating regime at Frades 2

The Frades 2 hydropower plant in the north of Portugal is testing how Hydraulic Short Circuit (HSC) technology can enhance the power regulation services and operating ranges offered by pumped storage hydropower.

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December 21, 2021

View the latest videos about the demonstrations

The XFLEX HYDRO project has launched new videos about five of the six demonstration projects…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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February 2, 2021

Latest news on the demonstrations

To date, all demonstrations in XFLEX HYDRO have been focused on performing initial studies. These are essential to ensure robust implementation of the innovative technological solutions at the hydropower sites.

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December 23, 2020

An introduction to flexibility, technologies and scenarios for hydropower

XFLEX HYDRO has launched its first progress report.

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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.

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December 17, 2020

We want your views on flexible hydropower technologies

Are you involved in the hydropower and wider energy sector? Help us to assess the level of interest in the flexible technologies being demonstrated by XFLEX HYDRO.

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November 30, 2020

New report explores hydropower’s role in delivering a renewable and flexible power system

30 November 2020 - A major EU-funded energy innovation initiative to demonstrate how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon…

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