Voith receives new orders for equipment and modernization of two hydropower plants in the Himalayas
At the Salal Hydroelectric Plant, located on the river Chenab in Northern India, Voith will carry out the supply and service works for installation of six new runners. The refurbishment of the runners, originally installed between 1987 and 1995, became necessary due to erosion damages that have been caused by the silt prone waters of the Himalayan rivers. The six runners will be manufactured at Voith Hydro’s workshop in Vadodara, India, and be delivered gradually to reconnect the units to the grid step by step.
The Himalaya region has remarkable hydropower potential to offer: In Nepal alone, the technically feasible hydropower potential is estimated at about 40,000 MW of which less than two percent has been developed so far. At the same time, more than 90 percent of the countries national electricity generation comes from hydropower - an energy source which is not only very climate-friendly, but also particularly reliable and predictable, making it specifically suitable for regions with lowly developed or instable electricity supply. In addition, Nepal’s potential to export energy from hydropower to India on a large scale is seen as a great support for the country’s fast-track development.
Also for India, hydropower is a key resource as black-outs are common and grid stability is a factor that still needs to be improved. With a technically feasible hydropower potential of almost 150,000 MW, and only about a quarter of that exploited so far, the country offers vast opportunities to further expand reliable energy generation from hydropower.
Taken as a whole, the Asia Pacific region offers by far the largest hydropower potential in the world: It is estimated at more than 1,750 GW, with only around 25 percent of that already having been developed.
The Importance of Hydropower
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development - both in industrial countries and in emerging markets. At the same time, hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning, and continuously develops it further.
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