Versatile Hydropower: Voith Presents Technologies for Reliable and Environmentally Friendly Power Supply at HYDRO 2015
Operating the existing power generation fleet smoothly and at optimum performance as well as extending their lifetime by preventative maintenance, is the focus of Voith’s HyService solutions. This not only ensures the outstanding long-term profitability of hydroelectric power plants, but also provides a fundamental contribution to security of supply.
In addition to solutions for already existing power plants, Voith also presents new developments: The Stream Diver is a compact and environmentally friendly turbine. This new concept is apt for application where conventional hydropower plants have reached their limits. Worldwide, there are various locks and dams with low heads whose great energy potential has not been used yet. StreamDiver technology makes untapped potential economically viable. As it can be integrated directly into existing weirs, no further civil structures are needed.
Focus on pumped storage: constant security of supply as renewables gain momentum
Pumped storage power plants offer the flexibility and reactivity needed for reliably and quickly balancing the fluctuations caused by power generation from wind or photovoltaics as well as power consumption. Pumped storage plants can feed surpluses of electricity into the grid several hours after generation, thus making fossil plants partly superfluous and keeping CO2 emissions at a minimum. As a result, they prevent environmentally friendly energy generated during peak periods from being wasted. Especially the combination of storage, guaranteed power and flexibility turns pumped storage into a "multifunctional power plant" ensuring grid stability and security of supply.
"The globally growing share of renewable energy within the power supply changes the energy mix. Through the consistent use of the cost-effective and proven pumped storage technology, the key challenges of an energy system based on renewables can be mastered," emphasizes Bergmann.
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.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 39 000 people, generates EUR 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.