Innovative combination of wind and water – Voith to deliver pump turbines for first combination of wind and pumped storage power plant
- First wind/pumped storage hybrid power plant in the world equipped with Voith Technology
- Milestone in energy Transition
- Strong Partner in turbine development
It is – worldwide – the first plant of its Kind.
In late September Voith signed a contract to deliver the pump turbines for this special project. The three reversible Francis machines with a total output of 16 MW will be a core element in the plant. The principle behind the operation is both simple and ingenious. If there is a surplus of power, the pumped storage power station switches to pumping mode moving water from a lower reservoir to the higher storage basin in the wind towers. If the demand for electricity in the grid rises, water is released from the upper basin to the bottom via a penstock and causes the pump turbines to move. Within seconds, electricity is generated and fed back into the electricity grid.
Modern systems need only thirty seconds to start up from a standstill and in the event of a black out, pumped storage power plants can support and control the complex grid restoration process due its unique black start ability. At present, they are the only available energy storage facilities that have undergone large-scale technical testing.
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 for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs around 20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.*
*Without the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services.
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