Schärding-Neuhaus Run-of-River Power Plant

VERBUND's Schärding-Neuhaus plant is a run-of-river power plant on the Inn River in the municipalities of Schärding in Upper Austria and Neuhaus in Bavaria.

Technical Description 

The Schärding-Neuhaus power plant was built from 1959 to 1961 as the second power plant of the ÖBK. The weir and the powerhouse are vertically installed on the river axis in a line. The weir facility lies on the Bavarian side of the river and the powerhouse on the Austrian side. This powerhouse was also constructed without any structural engineering, as is the customary construction method on the river Inn. At the power plant there are four installed Kaplan turbines with vertical shafts. Directly on the turbine shafts, a three-phase current synchronous generator has been arranged respectively. Around 542 GWh of electricity are generated this way per year.

Extensive Nature Protection Measures

Through the construction of the power plant and of the backwater area, unique, new habitats for animals and plants were created due to the water surface and the newly created silt areas. On the Bavarian and Austrian sides, an extensive bird paradise arose between Reichersberg, the Antiesen estuary and Bad Füssing. Here, rare bird species such as the black-crowned night heron, the purple heron, little bittern and the northern pintail have found a new home. Compared to the years before the erection of the power plant, today a considerably higher number of breeding and migratory birds populate the backwater area. Additionally, a fish ladder is also being planned for the power plant. 

Technical data:

Owner: Österreichisch-Bayerische Kraftwerke Aktiengesellschaft 
Operating company: Grenzkraftwerke GmbH
Beginning of operation: 1966
Type:  Run-of-river
Country, State:

Germany, Bavaria
Austria, Upper Austria

Waters: Inn
Capacity: 96 MW
Annual generation: 541,800 MWh
Turbines: Kaplan (4)
Fish bypass: no