The synergy of renewable power production and the sustainable transformation of electricity into storable green energy at Albbruck demonstrates the opportunities for the energy transition on a grand scale.
At the border between Germany and Switzerland, 1,400 cubic metres of water per second surge through the RADAG Rhine hydroelectric power station in Albbruck. That is the equivalent of the daily water consumption of a small town. Thanks to state-of-the-art machinery and new technology, the run-of-river plant produces an average of 660 million kilowatt hours or 660 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable power annually – enough to supply over 200,000 households with green electricity. As the baseload-capable hydroelectric plant is contributing to successful, cross-border energy transition, around 43 million euros was invested between 2015 and 2020 to modernise the Rhine power plant. Ten percent more output and maintenance-free operation was achieved as a result of that upgrade.