Following the successful operation of the two prototype turbines anchored to the riverbed downstream from St Goar, KSB now wants to prepare the newly developed power generators for commercial use.

The project is being supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Consumer Protection of the German Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Minister Margit Conrad said: “The river turbine pilot installation is a good example of how, through the use of cutting-edge technology, a body of naturally running water can be utilised in a highly efficient manner, yet without harming the fish population or getting in the way of passing ships.”