The 2017 edition of the most important conference dedicated to new technologies in the hydroelectric sector and dam construction projects was held in Seville. The General Manager of Endesa Andalusia and Extremadura, Francisco Arteaga, opened the event.
Endesa took part and collaborated, as the host company, with the organisation of the world’s most important technical forum specialising in hydropower, the 2017 Hydro convention, which was inaugurated in the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Seville.
This forum focused on the future of hydroelectric power generation at a decisive point, given that renewable energies have become a key aspect in reaching the environmental commitments undertaken by most countries, including Spain, to reduce emissions by 2050.
During the opening session, Francisco Arteaga, general manager at Endesa Andalusia and Extremadura, welcomed the 1,500 + experts from 90 countries taking part in the event. During his intervention, he highlighted the essential importance of hydropower plants for the future energy model, in which they will play a key role in the transition process, since they provide the electrical system with power and reliability, given their high energy storage capacity.
During the 3-day conference, more than 15 experts in hydropower technologies and dam construction projects from Endesa shared the company’s knowledge and experiences in a series of round tables and debates concerning the future of this type of energy, including the intervention of the head of Endesa’s Ebro-Pyrenees Hydraulic Production Unit, who discussed the importance of pumping stations for regulating the Spanish electrical system, together with experts in hydroelectric dams or plant digitalisation.
Those taking part in the meeting also visited three of the 55 plants that form part of Endesa’s Hydroelectric Production Unit – South, which has an installed power of 1,253 MW. Specifically, they visited the pumping stations in Guillena (Seville) and Tajo de la Encantada (Malaga), with the highest power in Andalusia - 210 MW and 360 MW respectively; and Iznajar (Malaga), considered a site of national interest when it was built and which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018.
Through its renewable energy branch, Enel Green Power España, Endesa manages 143 hydroelectric power plants, enabling the company to gain in-depth knowledge of a very mature, yet constantly developing sector, which accounts for over 1,675 MW of capacity in Spain, of which, 1,618 MW comes from wind, 43 MW from hydropower and 14 MW from other renewable energy sources, such as solar or biomass. These plants generate around 4 TWh of emission-free energy each year.