Voith delivers pumped storage plants to China and Austria

Totalling € 90m, both plants will use Voith technology to make a significant contribution to the supply of climate friendly power from renewable energy sources, demonstrating the growth potential for pumped storage plants as backbone for energy turnaround.

Voith is to supply four pumped storage units, each with an output of 300 megawatts (MW), for the Hongping pumped storage plant in Jiangxi province in Southeast China. Voith received the order from the largest energy provider in the country, the State Grid Corporation of China. Order value amounts to more than € 70m. During the initial development phase, which is due to be completed in 2015, the plant will supply 1,200 MW of power. Hongping will generate 2,400 MW of power once fully developed, making it one of the largest pumped storage plants in the world.

In Europe, Voith has received an order from Vorarlberger Illwerke AG, to modernize and extend the Kops I pumped storage plant in the Austrian Alps. The scope of supply includes three new double Pelton turbines and controller components. The modernization will see the capacity of Kops I increase by 12% from 247 MW at present to 276 MW. Order value for Voith is around € 16m.