Focus Session


Understanding and implementing digitalisation in the hydropower sector

Hydropower digitalisation

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 14:00-15:15 | room: Eiffel 3

The ongoing revolution in digitalisation is helping to drive innovation in the hydropower sector, through the development of digital monitoring systems to reduce maintenance costs, coupled with advanced controls to improve operations and balance variable renewable technologies such as wind and solar.

Digitalisation will play a key role in meeting the Paris Agreement, by ensuring that existing hydropower assets are well maintained and can continue to operate efficiently and reliably well into the future.

This focus session will build knowledge on digitalisation in the hydropower sector; covering a broad range of issues, including advanced operating strategies to optimise hydropower generation, digital systems to improve maintenance practices, digital twinning, integrated control and cyber-security.

Session objectives:

How will digitalisation ensure that hydropower will thrive in the future energy mix?

The session will focus on how digitalisation will enable hydropower operations to adapt to a more diverse role in the future energy mix, improving O&M practices, through improved condition monitoring systems and automated maintenance practices and through the development of advanced tools to optimise decisions around modernisation.

The session will also address change management, incentives and strategies to implement digitalisation across the business.

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Arturo ALARCON (moderator)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
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Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
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