March 22, 2019 IHA0

The early bird registration rate for the World Hydropower Congress closes on Friday 22 March.

The world’s most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, innovators and experts is in Paris from 14-16 May, bringing together representatives of industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event, which is organised by the International Hydropower Association and supported by a range of partner organisations.

The World Hydropower Congress provides an unparalleled opportunity to share experiences, guide policies and develop strategies to strengthen the sector’s performance and support sustainable development.

This year’s event will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.

The venue is Espace Grande Arche, situated at the foot of the monumental Grande Arche, an architectural icon of modern Paris, representing a ‘doorway to the world’.

Hundreds of leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from more than 70 countries will be in attendance. Across 37 invaluable focus sessions and workshops, participation will provide an opportunity to take on new learnings, strengthen networks and build enduring partnerships for the future.

Delegates will share knowledge on how hydropower can be financed, developed and operated sustainably, as they learn from success stories and experiences from across the sector.

Three prestigious awards will be announced during the Congress: the IHA Blue Planet Prize for a sustainable hydropower project, the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower and the IHA Young Researcher Award.

Participants can also join a tour of hydropower projects in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal or Switzerland between 17-18 May. All tour places must be booked by 5 April.

IHA hosted the first world congress in Turkey in 2007, followed by Iceland in 2009, Brazil in 2011, Malaysia in 2013, China in 2015, and Ethiopia in 2017.

The last World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2017 drew 700 delegates from more than 60 countries.

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January 31, 2019 IHA0

Gain invaluable insights on significant and cutting-edge hydropower projects

Between 17-18 May participants of the 2019 World Hydropower Congress can join a tour of a hydropower facility in France and other European countries. These tours will provide invaluable insights on significant and cutting-edge hydropower projects. See them outlined below with more information available when following the links.

Book to secure your place on a tour and register for the congress today.

La Coche & La Bâthie, France (EDF)

EDF hydropower study tour (La Coche & La Bâthie)

Located in the Isere valley, EDF’s La Coche project involves a new 240 MW generation machine which will be the most powerful pelton in France. The larger La Bâthie facility, located in Albertville Savoie, generates enough electricity for 450,000 people, avoiding the emission of 890,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

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Grand’Maison & Romanche-Gavet, France  (EDF)

Hydropower study tour Isère, France

The Grand’Maison power plant in the Romanche valley is a pumped storage scheme and one of the most recent large hydropower projects in Europe. The Romanche-Gavet hydropower plant, under construction since 2010, will replace five 100-year-old projects. It will produce 560 million KWh when completed.

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Kembs, France (EDF)

EDF hydropower study tour, Kembs

Downstream from the port of Basel, the historic 160 MW Kembs facility was commissioned in 1932. The power plant houses the Rhine Hydraulic Monitoring and Control Center, which remotely manages the operation of all EDF hydraulic facilities on the Rhine.

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Gaildorf, Voith HQ and Vianden, Germany & Luxembourg (Voith)

Voith hydropower study tour

This study tour provides World Hydropower Congress delegates with the opportunity to visit the Gaildorf hybrid power plant and Voith’s headquarters in Germany, as well as the Vianden pumped storage plant in Luxembourg, which is used as a flexible electricity storage system.

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Frades II and floating photovoltaic plant, Portugal (EDP)

EDP hydropower study tourThis study tour provides World Hydropower Congress delegates with the opportunity to visit the Frades II hydro plant and a floating photovoltaic project in Alto Rabagão. The Frades II project, equipped with variable-speed pump-turbines, was the first of its kind to be connected to the network in 2016.

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Nant de Drance & Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman, Switzerland (Alpiq)

Alpiq hydropower study tourThe Nant de Drance project, currently under construction, will be one of the most important energy infrastructure facilities in Switzerland. Delegates will also visit the 480 MW Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman power station, which is today the country’s second largest pumped storage station.

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See an overview of all tours here and Book to secure your place at the World Hydropower Congress 2019.


December 7, 2018 IHA0
Registration is now open for the World Hydropower Congress, the globe’s most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, experts and innovators.
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This biennial event, which takes place between 14-16 May 2019, brings together representatives of industry, government, finance and civil society to help shape the future of hydropower.

Under the theme ‘The power of water in a sustainable, interconnected world’ the congress focusses on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

Attendees can expect:
  • 37 sessions and training workshops
  • Up to 1,000 delegates including decision-makers, experts and innovators
  • Representation from 70+ countries
  • Essential insights into managing freshwater, advancing clean energy systems, reporting on sustainability, and demonstrating climate solutions, among other topics
  • Study tours of hydropower facilities in France and other European countries
View the full agenda

More information about the Congress programme, including speakers, topics, tours and workshops, will be released over the coming weeks. Keep checking our website and sign up to receive updates.

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of early bird rates available for a limited time period, further information can be found on the registration page:

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