Voith inaugurates small hydro center in Austria

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Global manufacturing conglomerate Voith has inaugurated a new Hydropower Technology Center, marking what the company calls “another milestone for small hydropower.”

A gala held in conjunction with the company’s “Join Small Hydro Experience” symposium marked the completion of the facility, which is an expansion of an existing Voith plant.

“With the release of the investment in the construction and expansion here in St. Georgen, we demonstrate that at Voith we believe in small hydropower, despite the challenges hydropower is exposed to at the moment, in particular in the European market environment,” Voith chair Dr. Roland Munch said.

Voith Hydro said it would acquire what was then known as Kossler GmbH Maschinenfabrik in November 2007 before announcing an expansion of the facility in August 2013, at which point the plant was to manufacture Voith’s StreamDriver turbine generators.

The Kossler plant has since been named Voith’s “European Competence Center” for small hydropower.

“The potential of hydropower is a long way from being exhausted,” Kossler managing director Josef Lampl said. “Not here in Austria, not in Europe, and especially not worldwide.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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