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The regional workshops across Europe brought together experts in the hydropower sector

The forum, HYDROPOWER EUROPE, organised regional workshops around Europe to bring together stakeholders of the hydropower sector and discuss the development of a Research and Innovation Agenda as well as a Technology Roadmap.

Climate Change and Environment
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HYDROPOWER EUROPE (hydropower-europe.eu) is a multi-partner initiative supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The main objectives of the project are: • To provide a forum for the entire European hydropower community: industry, research, policy makers, end users and academia, active throughout its value-chain; • To define a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (R&IA) and a Technology Roadmap (TR) that aim to help guide funding authorities and particularly the European Commission to prioritise support where it is most needed to adapt the sector to the constantly evolving energy system. The regional workshops brought together experts from both academia and industry. With an emphasis on local communities’ needs and priorities, the participants were divided into focus groups. Their discussions focused on how the hydropower sector should shape the future European energy system. The conclusions have been shared with all the participants and will now feed into HYDROPOWER EUROPE’s Research & Innovation Agenda and Strategic Industry Roadmap. The first of three workshops across Europe, the HYDROPOWER Nordic workshop in Luleå, took place on 28-29 August 2019. More than 75 experts from 9 different countries joined the discussions at Luleå University of Technology. Thomas Schleker, Project Officer of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation from the European Commission stated: “Among the EU’s energy objectives, energy efficiency is at the top. We want to assume global leadership in renewable energy sources.” Next on the agenda, the HYDROPOWER Alpine Workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland happened on 11-12 September 2019. Exceeding the number of 70, experts from 13 different countries joined the discussions at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. “The Workshop has provided many learning opportunities for all, thanks to the region-specific points-of-view and rich exchanges between participants,” project coordinator Prof. Anton Schleiss remarked. In closing, the HYDROPOWER Mediterranean Workshop in Chania, Greece came to pass on 30 September-1 October 2019. Over 30 experts from 10 different countries joined the discussions at the Cultural Center of Chania. Prof. Anton Schleiss, the coordinator of the project, explained: “For the Mediterranean countries, hydropower plants play an important role not only today but also in future as a basic funding source for multi-purpose projects ensuring besides energy also water and food production. Many countries are already touched by climate change and need to mitigate the effects by the construction of new dams and reservoirs. Medium size pumped-storage power plants are essential for the integration of volatile wind and solar energy, especially in island situations without interconnection.” Further information about the workshops can be found here: hydropower-europe.eu

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hydropower