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Hydroelectric power station on the Rhine

Rheinkraftwerk Albbruck-Dogern AG (RADAG)

RADAG run-of-river dam hydroelectric power station

Location

Leibstadt, Switzerland

Commissioned

in 2009

Head

8.75 metres

Nominal flow rate

300 cubic metres per second

Output

25 megawatts

Rotor weight

280 tonnes

Impeller diameter

6.1 metres

Annual generation

190 million kilowatt hours

RADAG run-of-river canal hydroelectric power station

Location

Albbruck, Germany

Comissioned

in 1933

Head

9.2 metres

Nominal flow rate

3 x 367 cubic metres per second

Output

3 x 28 MW

Rotor weight

300 tonnes

Impeller diameter

7 metres

Annual generation

470 million kilowatt hours


RADAG – the hydroelectric powerhouse in figures

1,400 cubic metres of water rush through the RADAG hydroelectric power station on the Rhine in Albbruck each second. That is the equivalent of the daily water consumption of a small town, or enough to water the lawn of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin very thoroughly ten times over. These enormous volumes of water drive the turbines and thus generate electricity. With state-of-the-art machinery and new technology on average 660 million kilowatt hours or 660 gigawatt hours per year. Enough to supply around 200,000 households with green electricity.

A new operating licence for the hydroelectric power station on the Rhine was granted in 2003 and will expire on 31 December 2072. Since it was first commissioned in 1933, the hydroelectric power station has generated approximately 50 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to date. Assuming it will continue to run until 2072, this figure will increase to around 85 billion kilowatt hours. A sufficient amount of electricity to supply almost 27 million 3-person households or the federal state of Bavaria with electricity for a whole year.

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