Axpo completes rehab of 973-kW Burglen small hydropower plant

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European energy company Axpo Kleinwasserkraft AG has resumed operations at its 973-kW Burglen hydropower project following a 14-month rehabilitation and upgrade process.

The plant, located on the uppermost stretch of Switzerland's Thur Canal, was built in the 1800s and previously served as a textile mill before being converted to a small hydroelectric plant in 1948.

Axpo began refurbishing the plant in June 2015, with work including the replacement of its control center and the automation of a vertical Kaplan turbine and generator.

The company also performed repair work on the canal, raising its bank and installing a fish ladder and resting pool, beaver lodges and other improvements for wildlife.

The US$13.4 million project increased Burglen's output capacity from 725 kW, which Axpo said will power about 2,000 homes.

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