Vital for the supply of electricity
The Häusling power plant is a pumped storage power plant and thus an important part of Austria’s secure supply of electricity from renewable sources. It is part of the Green Battery in the Alps, which stores electricity and then makes it available when needed. Such flexibility makes pumped storage power plants ideal partners for electricity generation from wind and sun. They also ensure stability in the grid by balancing our fluctuations.
Karl Heinz Gruber and Michael Amerer, the two managing directors of VERBUND Wasserkraft, underscore the special significance of the pumped storage power plants: “Hydropower is a stable, reliable factor and provides security, especially in times like these. In order to maintain this security, we invest continuously in the modernisation of our plants – as our contribution to achieving the nation’s climate and energy targets. The Häusling power plant in particular has made its own valuable contribution to the security of supply as one of the most powerful pumped storage power plants in the country. We are therefore pleased that the turbine has found its way to Zillertal, despite all the restrictions on cross-border traffic. We would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who supported and made this venture possible.”
About the project
The Häusling power plant was commissioned in 1988. Its output before the revitalisation was 360 MW with an annual generation from the natural inflow of around 187 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The water for the power plant is stored in the Zillergrund reservoir.
The increase in efficiency will enable the power plant to generate around 2 million additional kilowatt hours of electricity from natural inflow. The revitalisation measures will increase the output of the pumps by approx. 15%, that of the turbines by approx. 10%. Despite all the aggravation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that the second machine set will enter into initial operation in summer 2020. In total, VERBUND is investing around 20 million euros in the modernisation of the Häusling pumped storage power plant.