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Energy 101

Energy 101 Learn how hydropower captures the kinetic energy of flowing water and turns it into electricity for our homes and businesses.  

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The Biggest Untapped Solution to Climate Change is in the Water

The Biggest Untapped Solution to Climate Change is in the Water

Although the high-water mark for the Green New Deal may have passed, it pushed climate and energy to the forefront of the news cycle. It’s also prompted Republicans to counter with proposals of their own — including Senator Lamar Alexander’s new Manhattan Project for...

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Financing Long-term Hydropower Requires Mitigating Risks Prior to ROI

Financing Long-term Hydropower Requires Mitigating Risks Prior to ROI

Hydropower is a mature technology, but opportunities exist to develop new facilities or expand the output of existing plants. Hydro projects are attractive in that they have low operating costs, do not emit greenhouse gases and offer extremely long service lives. At the same time, they require significant early capital expenditures and have potential long regulatory approval processes.

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Precast Pushes The Limits of Scale

Precast Pushes The Limits of Scale

Elsewhere in the state, and armed with a $1.7-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Bill French of Billerica, Mass.-based French Development Enterprises LLC set out to create a dam that incorporates non-traditional construction methods with off-site...

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Knight Piésold & Co. reviews the French Dam Technology

Knight Piésold & Co. reviews the French Dam Technology

"... FDE prototype precast concrete module has wide potential for applications, and with adaptation of its design to actual project sites, can be used not only as a non-overflow structure, but also as an overflow (spillway), outlet and intake hydraulic structure....

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FDE Invited by the U.S. Department of Energy

FDE Invited by the U.S. Department of Energy

French Development Enterprises had the honor of being invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to collaborate with the research team at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE Water Power R&D program) that is working on the standardization of Modular Hydropower...

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French Dam Technology Passes the Test

The "French Dam" is a new technology for construction of small- to medium-sized hydroelectric and water control systems. Comprising modular segments manufactured offsite in a controlled environment, the system is designed for new or retrofit projects. The fabrication,...

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FDE Power Period II KickOff Meeting

FDE Power Period II KickOff Meeting

MEETING PARTICIPANTS: French Development Oldcastle Precast GEI Consultants, Inc. ​Maine Drilling & Blasting Cleantech Analytics​ Hydropower Consulting Specialists

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