Expansion complete at Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project

Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim

Germany's largest run-of-river hydropower project is now in full operation, following the installation of a new turbine by utility Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG (EnBW).

The 148-MW Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim, located on the Rhine River, now features five large Kaplan bulb turbines as well as an attraction flow turbine, making the plant capable of providing power to about 250,000 households per year.

"The installation of the fifth machine in Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim is an important step in the expansion of renewable energies for EnBW and for Germany," said EnBW chief technology engineer Josef Zimmer.

The project saw EnBW replace existing machinery at the plant over a four-year period while the complex was still operating. EnBW took bids for the work in 2007.

"We don't have much expansion potential left in hydropower, but whenever possible and economically viable, such as in Iffezheim, we want to leverage that potential," Zimmer said.

HydroWorld.com reported in April 2009 that a contract to supply the new turbine had been awarded to Andritz.

The utility said it will hold an inauguration celebration and open house to mark Rheinkraftwerk Iffezheim's official commissioning later this year.

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