Asia 2018 - Seventh International Conference and Exhibition


Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia will take place at the Ariyana Danang Exhibition and Congress Centre and Furama Resort, Danang, Vietnam 13-15 March 2018. Asia continues to be the continent with the greatest amount of water resources and renewable energy development under way. Some of the world’s most impressive multipurpose dams of all types are in operation or under construction, and major programmes continue for the development of more hydropower and other renewable energy schemes such as solar and wind power. These intermittent sources increase the attractiveness of pumped-storage development.

Event Type:
Mar. 13-15, 2018
Ariyana Danang Exhibition and Congress Centre
Danang , Vietnam

Asia is a region with much past experience to share, on everything from large storage schemes, and transboundary run-of-river hydro plants, to small and micro schemes which are playing a major role in rural socio-economic development. ASIA 2018 will provide a platform for international experts from around 50 countries to focus on issues of direct relevance to Asia: helping advance projects which will exploit the remaining renewable energy potential; exploring investment opportunities and strategies; addressing major challenges such as climate resilience, and the management of floods and earthquakes; encouraging best practice in project implementation; and, reviewing advances in technology for both new and refurbishment schemes.

Recognizing that Asia is the region of the world with the largest current programme of water resources and hydro development, but also some of the greatest challenges to face, including natural hazards, challenging sites, and in some countries limited resources, Aqua~Media has been organizing regional conferences in Asia since 2006.

Working with the major water- and energy-related professional associations, as well as an international steering committee of world-renowned experts, the Aqua~Media team puts together a technical programme for each event which represents a unique concentration of expertise on all practical and topical areas of interest to the world water and renewable energy community. The plenary opening ceremony features national overviews of development potential and keynote addresses; parallel sessions then include paper presentations and panel discussions. Side events provide extra opportunities for training, capacity building and business networking.

Previous events in this series have taken place in: Bangkok (2006); Danang (2008); Kuching (2010); Chiang Mai (2012); Colombo (2014); and, Vientiane (2016). Delegates from around 50 countries assemble for the three-day Asian events, so there is a practical exchange of expertise and experience from representatives of nations at different stages of development.

Who Should Attend

Key participants are government representatives (from ministries and utilities), planners, researchers, consultants, owners and operators of water infrastructure and hydro plants, contractors, suppliers, officers from the relevant professional associations, academics and students.

AMI Hydropower Foundation

This charitable organization, governed by a Board of International Trustees, facilitates the participation of eligible applicants from the less developed countries, to attend Aqua~Media’s conferences. For more information or to download an application form, visit:

Abstracts are invited on the themes below, and related subjects. Please refer to the back page of this brochure for guidelines on the format for submission, and the deadlines.

Planning and Development

  • Review of plans and progress in Asian countries
  • The value of integrated regional development
  • Project preparation; making projects bankable
  • Tools forprojectassessment, economic studiesanddesign
  • International and cross-border cooperation
  • Appropriate project planning and benefit sharing
  • Grid operation: national and integrated regional systems
  • Small schemes for rural development
  • Marine energy prospects in Asia

Finance, Economics and Commercial and Legal Aspects

  • Securingproject financefor waterandenergyinfrastructure
  • Carbon credits, carbon trading and income diversification
  • Power trading and purchase agreements
  • Legal and contractual issues

Hydrology and Flood Management

  • Flood mitigation and management
  • Early warning systems
  • Implications of climate change and climate resilience strategies
  • Water infrastructure and flood discharge works  (innovation, efficiency, safety and economy)
  • Innovative spillway design

Civil Works and Challenging Site Conditions

  • Site planning for safety and efficiency
  • Remote sites and extreme climates
  • Construction management
  • Benefits of multipurpose schemes, including case studies
  • Materials for dams: past experience and future developments
  • Selecting appropriate construction equipment
  • Seismic design and tackling complex geology
  • Innovative solutions in design and construction
  • Sedimentation: planning and design approaches
  • Tunnels and underground power caverns

Safety of water infrastructure

  • Managing natural hazards: strategies and case studies
  • Learning from accidents and failures at dams and tunnels
  • Upgrading of dams and spillways to meet higher safety standards
  • Health and safety of the workforce on site
  • Safety issues especially relevant to small dams

Technology: hydro and other renewables

  • Emerging trends in renewable energy development
  • Hydro in synergy with other renewable energy sources
  • Hydro turbines and generators (large, small and micro)
  • R&D and innovation: Modelling, testing and monitoring
  • Maintenance and timely refurbishment
  • Instrumentation, control and cyber security
  • Powerplant safety: learning from incidents and failures
  • Optimizing operation of powerplants and reservoirs
  • Pumped storage: technology, role in the grid and benefits
  • Gates, valves and hydromechanical equipment
  • Workforce training: health and safety aspects
  • Appropriate low cost solutions for rural electrification
  • Transmission and distribution

Environmental and social aspects

  • Impact assessment: methodology and experience
  • Integrated regional development
  • Mitigation measures for environmental and social impacts
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs
  • Fish protection
  • Facilitating communications with project-affected people
  • Enhancing socio-economic development in rural areas

Succession planning

  • Technology transfer
  • Approaches to capacity building
  • Available training courses
  • International exchange programmes

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