Hydropower is a type of renewable energy derived from flowing water. There are two different types of hydropower plant – those with dams and reservoirs, or ‘run of river’ systems. Hydropower dams with large reservoirs can store water over short or long periods to meet peak demand. Run of river facilities produce power at a smaller scale.
Thanks to the technical expertise gained by ISMES, the CESI company specialized in civil infrastructures, we can help hydropower plants to prepare geological, structural and hydraulic studies, feasibility studies, new installation designs and/or rehabilitation of existing plants, safety assessment, design, installation and maintenance of structural monitoring systems.
The range of expertise provided by ISMES includes:
- Dams and barrages
- Reservoir sedimentation
- Flood control
- Hydropower plants with reservoirs
- Channels, tunnels, galleries and shafts, penstocks
- Pumped storage power plants
ISMES can also supervise hydropower plant operations with a focus on structural safety and performance. We have performed studies and activities on more than 300 dams in Italy and globally, including working on one of the biggest dams in the world (Itaipu, between Brazil and Paraguay).