Anton Schleiss (ICOLD) Highlights Hydropower’s Role in Energy Transition at 12th East Asian Dam Conference

Anton Schleiss, a key member of the ETIP HYDROPOWER Coordination team, was invited to deliver a one-hour keynote lecture at the 12th East Asian Dam Conference (EADC). This event was part of the International Symposium on Sustainable Development and Management of Dams and Reservoirs for Future Generations, held on June 3rd, 2024, in Nagoya, Japan. More information about the event can be found here.

In his keynote address, titled "The Sustainable Use and Extension of Hydropower Reservoirs is Vital to Ensure the Energy Transition," Schleiss emphasized the critical role that hydropower reservoirs play in Europe. In the second part of his lecture, he highlighted how these reservoirs and dams are essential in mitigating the ongoing energy crisis and how they act as catalysts and enablers for the European Green Deal.

Schleiss presented the outcomes of HYDROPOWER EUROPE, showcasing the project's contributions to advancing sustainable hydropower solutions. Additionally, he discussed the ongoing activities of ETIP HYDROPOWER, underscoring the initiative's efforts to promote innovation and collaboration within the hydropower sector. His presentation underscored the necessity of sustainable hydropower development to support the energy transition and ensure a resilient and environmentally friendly energy future for Europe and beyond.


ETIP HYDROPOWER participated in the European Sustainable Energy Week ( EUSEW) 2024. The event, which took place at the Charlemagne building, brought together experts, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to discuss and showcase innovations driving Europe’s transition toward sustainable energy sources.

At their stand (C-24), ETIP HYDROPOWER collaborated with other influential organizations, including the International Hydropower Association (IHA), ETIPsFORUM, ETIPSNET, and BRIDGE. Together, they highlighted the latest advancements in hydropower technology, policy, and research.

Visitors engaged with an interactive Fishing Game, where participants had the opportunity to win prizes while learning about the benefits of the different ETIP's inside #ETIPsForum. ETIP HYDROPOWER expressed gratitude to all attendees and emphasized the importance of collective efforts in advocating for a sustainable and energy-efficient Europe.

As the world continues to address climate change and seek cleaner energy alternatives, events like EUSEW play a crucial role in fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. ETIP HYDROPOWER remains committed to driving positive change and contributing to a greener future for Europe and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand and joined us in advocating for a sustainable and energy-efficient Europe.

Let's continue to drive the change towards a greener future!


#EUSEW2024 #WaterWiseEU #EnergyTransition #SustainableFuture #Hydropower #Innovation #GreenEnergy #Collaboration #EuropeEnergy


ETIP HYDROPOWER Announces Virtual Postcard Summer Edition

ETIP HYDROPOWER is pleased to announce the launch of the Virtual Postcard Summer Edition, inviting all stakeholders to participate in a photography initiative celebrating the synergy between hydropower facilities and their natural environments. This edition focuses on capturing the beauty, power, and sustainability of hydropower as it integrates seamlessly with the landscapes, highlighting the theme of summer.

Participants are encouraged to submit stunning images that reflect the essence of hydropower within its natural surroundings. These photographs will be used to convey summer greetings to all ETIP HYDROPOWER stakeholders and will be featured across all ETIP HYDROPOWER communication channels.

By showcasing the harmony between technology and nature, we hope to inspire greater appreciation and support for renewable energy solutions. We look forward to your contributions and to celebrating the vibrant spirit of summer through the lens of hydropower.

All entries must be received by 28 June 2024 no later than 11:59 PM CET

For more details on participation and submission guidelines, please click here

Call for Expert Applications: Development of Safety Directive for Water Retaining Facilities with Appurtenant Installations

The Swiss Federal Government oversees the construction and modification of large water retaining facilities (WRFA, SR 721.101). Any changes to these facilities, including dams, reservoirs, and safety-relevant auxiliary installations, require planning approval to ensure technical safety (WRFA art. 6). This extends to modifications from appurtenant installations like floating photovoltaic platforms, heliports, wind turbines, etc. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), specifically its Dam Supervision Section (TS), is responsible for the technical safety assessment of large dams.

The SFOE is calling for expert applications to develop a directive (Part F) on the safety of water retaining facilities with appurtenant installations. This directive will outline the minimum safety recommendations needed. The working group will draft the directive in three phases:

  • Structure and Criteria Development: Establish the directive's structure, identify hazards, and determine classification and monitoring criteria.
  • Technical Content Drafting: Detail the technical content, including legal bases, roles, risk definitions, safety objectives, and minimum safety requirements.
  • Finalization: Revise and finalize the draft for review.

Experts are sought in areas such as anchoring, dam design, floating structures, geology, instrumentation, civil engineering, meteorology, natural hazards, and risk management. The working group will include 10-15 experts and involve three face-to-face sessions, three online sessions, and eleven and a half days of work, totaling sixteen days by March 2026.

Applications, including CVs and fixed daily rates, must be submitted by June 30, 2024, to Thomas Menouillard at the SFOE.



Thomas Menouillard

Swiss Federal Office of Energy, SFOE

Pulverstrasse 13, 3063 Ittigen

Email: thomas.menouillard@bfe.admin.ch

Read more about the application by clicking here

ETIP HYDROPOWER Prepares for the European Sustainable Energy Week 2024 Energy Fair

The countdown begins for one of the most anticipated events in the sustainable energy sector, the European Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW2024 Energy Fair. Set to take place from June 11th to the 13th, the fair will open its doors at the Charlemagne building and you could find ETIP HYDROPOWER at the ground floor, stand C-24.

This year’s theme, ‘Collaborative Energy Transition for Europe’s Future,’ aims to foster discussions and collaborations that will shape a sustainable future for all. At the booth we will share the space together with organizations such as the International Hydropower Association (IHA), ETIPsFORUM, ETIPSNET, and BRIDGE, who will also be sharing insights and innovations in renewable energy.

Visitors are invited to engage with industry leaders and contribute to the dialogue on advancing clean energy solutions. 

For more information on the EUSEW 2024 Energy Fair and to participate in shaping a sustainable future:

#EUSEW2024 #CleanEnergyEU #EnergyTransition #SustainableFuture #ETIPsForum #ETIPSNET #Hydropower #BridgeH2020 #IHA #RenewableEnergy #EUInnovation #GreenTech