Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Plants in Germany
Location: NI
Operator: Statkraft
Configuration: 4 X 55 MW FPT
Operation: 1964
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens, AEG
Quick facts: The Erzhausen PSP was acquired in Oct 2007 as part of an asset swap with E.ON. It is located 2km west of Erzhausen on the Selter Ridge. The effective head is about 300m. Two 1,220m penstocks connect to the powerhouse. Full reservoir output is around 940 MWh ovr a 4hr discharge cycle.

Photograph courtesy of Statkraft
Posted 26 Feb 2012

Location: TH
Operator: Vattenfall Europe
Configuration: 4 X 265 MW FPT
Operation: 2003-2004
T/G supplier: Alstom, CKD, VA TECH
EPC: Lahmeyer
Quick facts: This plant is on the Schwarza River in southern Thuringia. After about 40 years of planning and development, construction started in 1997. Under contract to VA TECH HYDRO, MCE Voest executed the field fabrication and installation of the pressure tunnel steel linings in 14mos, ahead of schedule. The scope included 8,500t of linings for two 800m tunnels, 6.2m in diameter.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 27 Aug 2003

Location: NW
Operator: RWE Power
Configuration: 1 X 150 MW FPT
Operation: 1989
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
Quick facts: This was the first full-scale pumped-storage power plant in Germany when the first two 30-MW sets were completed in 1930. The plant is named after Professor Dr Ing Arthur Koepchen, a prominent executive in one of RWE's predecessor companies. The original installation was named a national historic landmark in 1986 and retired in 1994.

Photograph courtesy of RWE AG
Posted 22 Nov 2006

Location: BY
Operator: E.ON
Configuration: 2 X 82 MW FPT
Operation: 1976
T/G supplier: Voith, Elin
EPC: Siemens
Quick facts: This photo shows the lower reservoir at the Langenprozelten PSP in Bavaria's Main-Spessart district . The upper basin is connected to the lower reservoir by a 1.3km tunnel with an effective head of 320m. The plant only provides traction power and is connected to DB Energie at 110kV.

Photograph by Presse023 (wikimedia)
Posted 17 Aug 2013

Location: SN
Operator: Vattenfall Europe
Configuration: 6 X 175 MW FPT
Operation: 1979-1981
T/G supplier: CKD, Skoda
Quick facts: This is Germany's second-largest pumped-storage power station and operates with a head of 285m. Construction began in 1970. In 1993, CKD Blansko began refurbishing and uprating the turbines after 80-100,000 operating hours. The work included laser hardening of the guide vane stems and modifications to the guide and thrust bearings. Work on the sixth and last unit finished in 1998.  In 2006, Vattenfall ordered a NEPTUN automation system (NEPTUN) and digital protection system from VA TECH Hydro for Markersbach. After completion of the upgrade, it will be possible to operate the facility by remote control from the area control center at Goldisthal.

Photograph by Mazbln (wikimedia)
Posted 1 Jan 2008

Location: NW
Operator: Mark-E AG
Configuration: 2 X 70 MW FPT
Operation: 1969
T/G supplier: Sulzer Escher Wyss, Siemens
Quick facts: Construction at Ronkhausen in Glingetal began in 1964.

Photograph courtesy of Mark-E AG
Posted 24 Oct 2004
Location: BW
Operator: Schluchseewerk AG
Configuration: 4 X 82.6 MW FPT
Operation: 1967-1968
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, AEG
Quick facts: This underground powerhouse is 160m long, 23m wide, and 33m high.

Photograph by Stefan-Xp (wikimedia)
Posted 27 Aug 2006

Location: HE
Operator: E.ON
Configuration: 4 X 35 MW, 1 X 75 MW, 2 X 240 MW FPT
Operation: 1932-1975
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: Siemens, Voith, Lahmeyer, Bilfinger Berger
Quick facts:  Waldek-I was modernized and extended in 2010. A further group of contractors and suppliers modernized and upgraded Waldeck-II including Fichtner E.ON Engineering GmbH, EHS-Laabmayer, Alstom, Antrok, BeKor, ARGE BuM Beton- und Monierbau und Feldhaus Bergbau, SAG, SEH-Hannover, Siemens, TEUPE & Söhne, Andritz, Voith, and Walo Bertschinger.

Photograph courtesy of E.ON
Re-posted 24 Dec 2010

Location: BW
Operator: Schluchseewerk AG
Configuration: 4 X 225 MW FPT
Operation: 1975
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, Elin
Quick facts: This photo from Nov 2008 shows rehabilitation work on the upper reservoir of the Wehr PSP. This basin is at 1,048m elevation. It is 700m long and 300m wide.

Photograph courtesy of wikimedia
Posted 17 Sep 2009

Location: ST
Operator: Vattenfall Europe
Configuration: 2 X 40 MW FPT
Operation: 1967-1968
T/G supplier: CKD, Sachsen
Quick facts: This plant is on the Bode River. The 43.5m concrete gravity dam on the lower reservoir has 16 segments.

Photograph by Mazbln (wikimedia)
Posted 1 Jan 2008

Location: BW
Operator: Schluchseewerk AG
Configuration: 4 X 55 MW FPT
Operation: 1943
T/G supplier: Voith
Quick facts: Witzau is the middle stage of a three plant PSP complex in the southern Black Forest. Construction started in 1939. Production is about 220 GWh/yr. The plant has a 9.3km headrace tunnel and a 250m average head.

Photograph courtesy of Schluchseewerk AG
Posted 18 Feb 2015


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 18-Feb-2015