About Hydro Leader
Hydro Rehab, Large and Small
Maintaining hydroelectric facilities in good working order is critical for several reasons. Hydroelectric facilities are major power producers for our nation and will only become more important as renewable energy standards become more stringent. Moreover, hydroelectric facilities that fall into poor repair can pose significant hazards to life and property. Across the nation and the world, owners and operators of hydro projects, both large and small, are engaging in rehabilitation to make their facilities better, safer, and more efficient.
In our cover story, we speak with Martin Sintak, a founder, owner, and managing partner of the Czech hydroelectric company Mavel, about the Malczyce Power Plant, a new low-head power plant on the Oder River in Poland.
We also speak with Del Shannon, a principal and senior vice president at Schnabel Engineering, who tells us about the many, varied dam rehabilitation projects undertaken by his firm and about new trends in risk analysis and monitoring.