Neuötting Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's power plant at Neuötting is a run-of-river plant situated on the river Inn and below the Isen estuary in Bavaria.

The Neuötting power plant was built between 1948 and 1951, the first power plant to be constructed after the Second World War as a means to coping with the rapidly growing demand for electricity. Four Kaplan turbines generate an annual average of around 159 GWh of electricity and can therefore supply about 36,100 households in the region with environmentally friendly electricity produced entirely from hydropower.
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Owner VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH
Operator VERBUND Innkraftwerke GmbH
Commissioning 1951
Type Run-of-river power plant
Country Germany
Region Bavaria
Waters Inn
Output 26 MW
Annual output 159,400 MWh
Turbine Kaplan
Connectivity Fish bypass
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Ecology & environmental protection

The Neuötting run-of-river power plant is equipped with a fish bypass. It is 250 metres long and offers an attractive ascend aid for domestic fish such as grayling, barbel and common nase.

Each hydropower plant on the Inn comprises:

  • the machinery hall with the turbines
  • the weir systems for flood release
  • the dams and dikes for the accompanying flood protection
  • from pumping stations and ditches, which guarantee agricultural use that existed before construction of the barrage.

The VERBUND hydropower plants on the Inn are therefore not only plants for generating electricity but also improve flood protection in the region. VERBUND also focuses on improving the ecological conditions at individual sites and on restoring natural river landscapes. We implement a large number of measures in this regard, such as:
creating continuity of flow with fish bypasses, giving structure to bodies of water, connecting tributaries. 

In order to guarantee habitats for fish with all their habitat requirements, management of the gravel banks in the near-natural fish bypass or below the dam stage is additionally carried out. The maintenance of sediment continuity through sediment management, a topic of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) for species conservation in man-made rivers, is also an important component for the long-term conservation of fish fauna.

Our latest conservation projects
The plant consists of a weir arranged on the left bank followed by a powerhouse on the right bank comprising four Kaplan turbines and four directly coupled three-phase generators. These generate an annual average of around 159 GWh of electricity.