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The events that shaped the European hydropower community in 2023

The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Hydropower (ETIP Hydropower) has recently made significant strides in the energy sector, participating in high-profile events and advancing its governance structure. This summary highlights the key developments in the Governing Board elections, the project's involvement in Enlit Europe, collaboration with the Global Renewables Alliance (GRA), and the outcomes of the inaugural "Brussels Hydropower Day."


Brussels Hydropower Day:

ETIP Hydropower successfully organized the first edition of the "Brussels Hydropower Day" on April 25, 2023. The event brought together stakeholders to discuss opportunities and barriers in the deployment of hydropower amidst challenges like the energy transition and changing market conditions. Keynote speakers highlighted the role of hydropower in the energy landscape, emphasizing the need for sustainable solutions.

Establishment of the Governing Board:

ETIP Hydropower is actively working towards establishing a robust governance structure. The Governing Board, crucial for shaping the future of the hydropower sector in Europe, has been successfully established and held its first official meeting on 23 November 2023. The Board is composed of 25 stakeholders representing all relevant hydropower sub-sectors, e.g. industry, operators, R&D&I, environment & civil society. They will collectively provide strategic advice to the SET Plan, addressing topics such as market analysis, research funding, biodiversity protection, and ecological continuity with the support of ETIP Hydropower project in the secretariat role. The Governing Board is led by a chairperson and two co-chairs, who have been elected in December 2023 for a 3-year term. In Q1 2024, the Governing Board is planning to discuss launching of the first thematic Working Groups. The secretariat will also proceed with the establishment of the Scientific Advisory Board, composed of relevant R&D stakeholders and stakeholder fora representatives, e.g. DG JRC, IEA Task 9, EURELECTRIC and others.

World Hydropower Congress 2023:

The World Hydropower Congress in Bali, organized by partner IHA, is anticipated to bridge the gap between climate ambition and actionable solutions. This global event, scheduled for October 31 to November 2, aims to bring together decision-makers, innovators, and experts to shape the future of sustainable hydropower and contribute to the world's clean energy transition.

Enlit Europe Participation:

ETIP Hydropower has participated in the recent Enlit Europe forum, where it featured in the ETIPs Forum session on renewable energy sources. The event, hosting 12,000 energy professionals, aimed to foster collaboration, showcase industry developments, and engage with EU-funded projects. ETIP Hydropower was also present at the Zabala Innovation booth during the three-day event, providing a platform to discuss and showcase its innovative strategies for the future of hydropower.

Conference HYDRO 2023:

Anton Schleiss from the ETIP Hydropower Management Team chaired a session at the HYDRO 2023 conference, emphasizing the importance of reliable hydropower as a catalyst for Europe's clean and safe energy transition. The outcomes of this session are slated for publication in the Journal on Hydropower & Dams in 2023.

Global Renewables Alliance Formation:

In a significant global development, over 40 nations and influential organizations have united under the banner of the Global Renewables Alliance (GRA). The International Hydroelectric Association (IHA) has joined forces with GRA, emphasizing a comprehensive approach to drive the transformation of the energy sector through collaborative action.

As ETIP Hydropower actively engages in global forums, governance structure development, and collaborative initiatives, it continues to play a crucial role in shaping the future of the hydropower sector. The project's commitment to innovation, collaboration, and sustainability positions it as a key player in the ongoing energy transition. Stay tuned for further updates and insights as ETIP Hydropower progresses in its mission to redefine the landscape of hydropower research, innovation, and industry collaboration.


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