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Hydropower Development 2018

Date: 5th September 2018 - 6th September 2018 Location: Zurich - Switzerland

Already on its 5th edition, ACI’s Hydropower Development 2018 will bring together senior executives and experts from the hydropower industry, policy makers, consultants, technology innovators, engineers, investors, project developers and leading market analysts to discuss the latest challenges and developments  within the industry.

The two day event will give you an insight to the industry`s latest policy evaluations and, while focusing largely on hydro power production & development in Europe, will also concentrate on updates and future forecasts on future environmental & energy trends and its impact on both, Hydro power operations & market dynamics.

Hydropower Development 2018 will focus on in depth insights into the latest policy & legislation regulations, key market applications and overviews, the place of hydropower within larger context of the renewable energy arena & its relationship with the climate change dynamics. Very important aspect for this year will also be the newest technology advancements, particularly the digitalisation of hydropower plants. The 2 Day event will start with an extensive analysis of current & future European policy objectives, particularly the Water Framework Directive, 2017 & evaluations of Natura 2000 guidance. The event will provide an in depth outlook into the key European markets, focusing largely on environmental objectives, hydropower operations, machinery maintenance and new built projects, production flexibility & technology innovations. The participants will have a chance to take an active part in our interactive meeting to share their knowledge, experience and uncertainties. While providing a holistic outlook into the future of hydro power development in Europe, the event will focus on specific operational, technological & maintenance solutions which will allow hydro power industry to stay competitive in the renewable energy mix as a whole.


5th September 2018
6th September 2018
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Novotel Zurich Airport Messe
Lindbergh-Platz 1
Zurich, Glattpark-Opfikon CH - 8152 Switzerland

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  • Analysing Hydropower In The Legal Context: Environmental & Engineering Challenges
  • Staying Competitive In Ever Changing Market Trends: Analysing Different National Experiences
  • Expanding Hydropower Storage Solutions & Operations Flexibility
  • Increasing Asset Optimisation & Asset Efficiency In Hydropower Operations
  • Hydropower In The Environmental Context
  • Hydropower Sustainability & The Future Of Renewable Energy Strategy
  • Exploring Key Business Opportunities & Technology Innovations
  • Hydropower`s Economy & Investment Strategy 


During the afternoon of Tuesday 4th of September 2018, a limited number of conference attendees will receive a unique opportunity to visit Kraftwerke Oberhasli, KWO Grimsel 1E Power Plant.

There is no extra charge to attend the site visit, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first come—first served basis. Please register your attendance when booking for the conference.

Site Visit Timetable:

12:00                     Registration at Conference Hotel (Novotel Zurich Airport Messe)

12:20                     Departing Conference Hotel

14:10-14:20          Arriving at the KWO headquarters

14:20-15:00          Presentation of the company and the production facilities, KWO movie, coffee and tea break with light                                     snacks

15:00-16:00          Visit of the power plant Innertkirchen 1, the first underground power station in Switzerland

16:00                      The end of the visit


The underground Innertkirchen 1 Power Plant is the lowest in elevation but not the lowest in importance. All of the water from the Grimsel catchment area runs through this power plant and is converted into electricity. This power plant, with its state-of-the-art operating system, reliably regulates the Swiss electricity grid. A tour through this power plant is an electrifying experience!

  • Paul Hansson, Head Of Hydro Growth, Fortum Generation, Fortum Hydro
  • Peter Matt, Head of Engineering Services, Vorarlberger Illwerke AS
  • Hans – Wilhelm Shiffer, Executive Chair World Energy Resources, World Energy Council
  • Simon Hamlyn, CEO, British Hydropower Association
  • Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, ICPDR
  • Hans-Christoph Funke, Director Hydro Power & New Technologies, innogy SE
  • Martin Schoenberg, Advisor Hydro Power, eurelectric 
  • Henning Haeder, Manager Energy Policy, Climate & Sustainability, eurelectric
  • Hans – Wilhelm Shiffer, Executive Chair World Energy Resources, World Energy Council
  • Gregory Tracz, Chief Development Officer, International Hydropower Association
  • Bob Shortridge, Presedent, Lignum – Vitae
  • Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, ICPDR
  • Hans-Christoph Funke, Director Hydro Power & New Technologies, innogy SE
  • Martin Schoenberg, Advisor Hydro Power, eurelectric
  • Peter Matt, Head of Engineering Services, Vorarlberger Illwerke AS
  • Emmanuel Grenier, Public And Institutional Relations, ICOLD
  • Simon Hamlyn, CEO, British Hydropower Association
  • Mario Bachhiesl, Renewables & Distributed Generation, Health & Safety, VGB
  • Bernd Hollauf, Project Manager Digital Hydro Power Plant, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
  • Rikardur Rikardsson, Managing Director, LANDSVIRKJUM POWER
  • Christian Topp, Managing Director, Infrastructure, PRIME CAPITAL
  • Torbjorn Sletten, Senior Production Planner, STATKRAFT
  • Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, European Renewable Energies Federation – EREF
  • Dr Klaus Engels, Managing Director, Hydropower Evolutions (UNIPER)
  • Bernhard Miller, Managing Director, Hydropower Evolutions (UNIPER)
  • Gottfried Gökler, Head Of Civil Engineering, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG
  • Racquel Moura, tba, EDP
  • Liliana Benites Carvalho, tba, EDP
  • Olivier Tricca, Senior Engineer & Energy Expert, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Otto Pirker, Senior Advisor, Verbund AG
  • Claes Hedenstorm, CEO, VATTENFALL (Vattenkraftens Miljöfond)
  • Bob Shortridge, President, Lignum-Vitae

Company type:

Hydro Energy Companies
Engineering Companies
Grid Companies
Machinery Service Providers

Job titles:

Plant Manager

Product Director

Operations-Hydropower Plants

Head of Pumped Storage

Energy Policy & Generation

Hydropower Engineer

Hydro Power & Energy Storage

Hydropower Sustainability

‎Project Manager

Manager for Hydro R&D

‎Hydraulic R&D Engineer

  • Paul HanssonHead of Market Analysis, Trading & Industrial Intelligence, Fortum Hydro
  • Dr Bjarne Borresen, Renewable Energy/ Section Leader Mechanical Engineering, Multiconsult
  • Halle Aslaksen, CEO, Smaakraft AS
  • Luis Quiroga, Director & Head of Investment Strategy, HG Capital
  • Peter Matt, Head of Engineering Services, Vorarlberger Illwerke AS
  • Otto Pirker, Senior Advisor, Verbung AG
  • Mike McWilliams, Head of Hydro, Mott MacDonald
  • Ghislain Weisrock, Hydro Special Advisor, ENGIE
  • Patrick Harris, Energy & Natural Resources Correspondent, ACURIS
  • Bernd Rajal, Partner, Schoenherr
  • Hans – Wilhelm, Executive Chair World Energy Resources, World Energy Council
  • Dirk Hendricks, Senior Policy Advisor, EREF
  • Bernhard Monai, Managing Director, Der Wasserwirt
  • Olivier Tricca, Senior Engineer and Energy Expert, European Investment Bank – EIB
  • Luigi Papetti, Technical Director, Studio Frosio
  • Petri Ilomaki, Senior Specialist Performance Services, Valmet Automation Oy
  • Michael Detering – Head of Asset Management Hydro, RWE Innogy GmbH
  • Hendrik Eden – Head of Asset Management International, RWE Innogy GmbH
  • Niklas Dahlback – Manager for R&D Hydro, Vattenfall
  • Sergio Grigatti, Project & Operations Business Support Manager, Enel Produzione
  • Torbjørn Sletten, Senior Production Planner, Statkraft
  • José Freitas, Management And Hydro Safety Division Director, EDP – Energy Production
  • Berto Martins, Deputy Director -Directorate of Energy Markets, EDP
  • Madalina Bica, CEO, TMK Hydroenergy Power
  • Pinelli Marco, (REN BD), Enel Green Power SpA
  • Gianluca Gigliucci, Head Of Hydro Innovation, Enel Green Power S.p.A.
  • Jonathan Bonadio – Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENERGY
  • Maria José Espírito Santo – DGEG – Directorate-General For Energy And Geology, Government of Portugal
  • Robert Fenz, Head Of National/International Water Management, Federal Ministry Of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment & Water, Austria
  • Nuno Fidalgo Martins – Research & Regulations, REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais
  • Hugues Albanel, Chairman Of The Management Board, Hydrowatt
  • Norbert Bock, Board Member, Small Hydro Association Austria & Energy Generation/Hydropower, Wien Energie GmbH
  • Peter Matt – Head of Engineering Services, Vorarlberger Illwerke AG
  • Ueli Aebi, Mechanical Engineer, BKW Energie AG
  • Pierre Biedermann, Principal Environmental Advisor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Stefanie Scherer – Senior Loan Officer, European Investment Bank
  • Oldrik Verloop- Co-head Renewable Infrastructure | Hydro, Aquila Capital
  • Klaus Krüger – Head of R&D, Voith Hydro
  • Peter Magauer – Product Technology Management for Pump Turbines, ANDRITZ HYDRO
  • Olivier Teller, Product Director, Alstom Renewable Power Hydro
  • Mirjam Sick, Vice President Global R&D Program and Innovation, ANDRITZ HYDRO
  • Josef Lampl, Managing Director, Kössler GmbH & Co KG.
  • Julio Alterach, Sustainable Development And Energy Resources Department, Ricerca Sul Sistema Energetico – RSE Spa

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 30 – 45 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

Marta Kielerska

Tel: +48 (0) 616 46 7058

Email: [email protected]

With roots stretching back over more than 250 years to the early 1750s, Valmet represents a leading Finnish supplier of innovative technologies, automation solutions and dedicated services for customers globally operating within energy, pulp and paper industries. The company’s comprehensive service package covers everything from maintenance outsourcing to plant improvements and the delivery and installation of spare parts. Advanced automation solutions range from the introduction of single components to plant-wide turnkey automation projects.

Within hydro power, Valmet offers a total concept for hydropower plant automation. It includes among others the distributed control system Valmet DNA, turbine controller and vibration monitoring system.

Valmet has delivered over 4,500 automation systems and over 1,200 power plants worldwide feature Valmet’s process automation. Automation business line has about 1,600 professionals working in over 30 countries. The worldwide network of experts supports our extensive range of automation solutions and services.

Valmet operates from its head office located in Espoo, Finland while its shares are presently listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange. The company currently employs around 12,000 professional members of staff and achieved net sales of approximately €2.9 billion during 2016.



Lignum-Vitae North America is the world’s leader of genuine Lignum Vitae bearing material. It is the first water lubricated bearing technology with unmatched longevity in water applications. It has tremendous load bearing and unique shock absorbing qualities that no other material can match. Lignum Vitae is the only material with over 130 years of proven success.  If you are having any issues with bearing reliability or environmental concerns, please let us talk to you about a Lignum Vitae solution.



OILES is a global acting manufacturer of self-lubricating and maintenance-free Sliding Bearings, made of metal, multilayer, plastics and composite materials, with more than 60 years of experience. Over 2.500 employees are developing, producing and delivering day-by-day for all areas of industry, such as Hydro Power, Offshore, Wind Energy, Machinery, Automotive, and more. OILES self-lubricating bearings are used meanwhile in more than 2,000 facilities in the Hydropower industry throughout the world.



ACI has put together a range of packages to suit your requirements. These range from branding options, to full scale partner solutions and can be tailored to meet your objectives and budgets.

If you are launching a new product or service and wish to gain visibility and brand recognition within your industry, contact us today!

For commercial opportunities, please contact:

Dimitris Letsios

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0628

Email: [email protected]


Joshua Hill

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0610

Email: [email protected]

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The British Hydropower Association is the leading trade membership association solely representing the interests of the UK hydropower industry, from micro to large-scale and its associated stakeholders in the wider community, both in the UK and overseas. The BHA Mission Statement is translated into clear objectives, enabling specific outcomes in line with our vision. They are to be a vehicle for:

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