Importance of Natural Resources

Computer Animation of the Shaft Power Plant: a new concept for ecological hydropower

Peter Rutschmann and Albert Sepp of TUM have
developed a new type of hydroelectric power plant. It is structrually compact, relatively
cost efficient and environmentally friendly. A pilot plant will now be built in Bavaria. Standardized robust components are suitable for mass production which could reduce power
plant costs in the future. The turbine and generator are housed in an underground shaft. The power plant can automatically regulate the water level. A horizontal trash rack with
rack cleaning protects against floating debris. For fish it is passable in both directions.
It provides a direct easily located connecting path between upstream and downstream waters.
Depending on the size of the river engineeers can install one, two or several power plant
modules – an opportunity for environmentally friendly hydropower worldwide.

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