Energy from hydropower

A classic among renewable energy sources

Hydropower is a classic among renewable energy sources. For over a century now, we’ve been using energy drawn from water to reliably produce electricity, thus making an important carbon-free and economical contribution towards energy supply. In addition, hydropower is one of the few renewable technologies that’s almost base-load capable, providing climate-friendly power around the clock.

77 turbines at 30 locations in Germany

innogy operates hydropower plants on rivers in Germany, France, the UK, Portugal and Spain, with a total installed capacity of over 500 megawatts. In Germany alone, our operating team ensures that 77 turbines produce a reliable supply of energy at some 30 locations.

Fit for the future

In Germany, the potential for hydropower plants is almost exhausted. When growth opportunities arise, we invest in smaller plants in places such as Scotland for example. 

innogy’s hydropower portfolio forms the backbone of renewables and is very important for us. We are making sure that our long-distance runners continue to be fit for the future.

Lighthouse project RADAG

Lighthouse project Cia Aig

In harmony with nature

When building and operating hydropower plants, we unavoidably cause disruption to the environment. We make every effort to keep this impact to a minimum. For example, when building the plants, we make sure that shallow water zones are created for fish to spawn and that bypass waterways and ascent support facilities are installed. In order to continuously improve the protection of water as a living space, we participate in research projects and studies. We are currently collaborating with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on a pilot project to investigate how small plants can be designed in a way that has even less impact on fish.

More information on the fish protection project in Unkelmühle

Our expertise for your hydropower project

innogy employees have been developing, building and operating hydropower stations for many years now. You can benefit from this expertise: from project development right up to project implementation, including the operating phase. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote that is tailored to your special requirements. We will look after your power plant as if it were our own!

How does a hydropower plant work?

Source: RWE press office

Run-off-river power plants primarily use the natural water cycle. The feed water flows through a turbine, creating mechanical energy. The rotational motion of a shaft operates a generator that produces electrical power. This process makes use of potential energy that is created by the kinetic energy of the water. The capacity of the hydropower plants depends on the location’s geographic conditions.

We are also active here

innogy provides options for efficient and convenient supply of energy from renewable sources. To do this we use the following technologies.

Want to work at innogy? You’ll find all current job vacancies, including those in the area of hydropower, on our jobs page.

Renewables

Solar

Biogas

Biomasse

Your contact for questions on hydropower

Dr. Hans-Christoph Funke

Dr. Hans-Christoph Funke

Head of Hydro Power & New Technologies

T +49 201 12-14886

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Contact for hydropower projects

Jens Schramm

Jens Schramm

General engineering services

T +49 201 12-14871

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