Swiss-German hydropower utility Energiedienst Holding AG (EDH) broke ground January 19 for the new 100-MW Rheinfelden hydroelectric project, five months earlier than scheduled.
Labeled Germany’s biggest onshore renewable energy plant, new Rheinfelden is to replace the 100-year-old, 25.7-MW Rheinfelden project at a cost of 400 million euros (US$510.4 million). (HNN 12/21/06) The new plant is to more than triple generation to more than 600 million kWh per year compared with the current 185 million kWh.
Late last year a consortium of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Alstom Hydro (Switzerland) AG received a turbine-generator contract from EDH, an affiliate of German utility EnBW, for the project in Germany’s Baden Wuerttemberg State, on the Rhine River dividing Germany from Switzerland.
Start of operation is scheduled for 2010.