Aschach Run-of-River Plant

VERBUND's power plant at Aschach is a run-of-river plant situated on the Danube and in the municipality of Aschach in Upper Austria.

Man in the kitchen

360,634 households

supplies the Aschach power plant

Environmentally friendly

1,225,589 avoided
tonnes of CO2*

Ecology

Environmentally certified in accordance with ISO14001

Fish bypass

Biotope and habitat for fish and plants created

Technical Description 

The Aschach power plant was built between 1959 and 1964 and was the second Austrian Danube power plant to be built, between Sauwald and Mühlviertel. The power plant dams up the Danube 14.9 m high and also has the highest drop height of all Austrian power plants on the Danube. From 2006 to 2010, after 40 years in operation, it took only 4 years to renovate the main engine in the power plant. In the powerhouse, which is located in the middle of the power plant between the lockage (on the right bank) and the weir system (on the left bank), there are 4 machine units with vertical shafts, each made up of 1 Kaplan turbine and a built-in three-phase current generator. There is an average annual output of 1686 GWh of generated electricity. 
 

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Owner VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Operator VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH
Commissioning 1964
Type Run-of-river power plant
Country Austria
Region Upper Austria
Waters Danube
Output 287 MW
Annual output 1,664,597 MWh
Turbine Kaplan
Connectivity Fish bypass is in the planning process
Environmental protection at VERBUND

It is not possible to implement a fish bypass at the Aschach power plant due to the restricted location and the rock walls that rise immediately next to the power plant.

Numerous structuring measures were undertaken in the Aschach storage area from 2007 to 2014: Fine sediment biotopes were protected against wave impact by gravel banks, shingle banks were improved to create gravel zones, and 10 short groynes were create to make the shoreline more diverse. Doing so enabled the creation of further habitats for fish and other forms of aquatic life.

 
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Technical Description 

The Aschach power plant was built between 1959 and 1964 and was the second Austrian Danube power plant to be built, between Sauwald and Mühlviertel. The power plant dams up the Danube 14.9 m high and also has the highest drop height of all Austrian power plants on the Danube. From 2006 to 2010, after 40 years in operation, it took only 4 years to renovate the main engine in the power plant. In the powerhouse, which is located in the middle of the power plant between the lockage (on the right bank) and the weir system (on the left bank), there are 4 machine units with vertical shafts, each made up of 1 Kaplan turbine and a built-in three-phase current generator. There is an average annual output of 1686 GWh of generated electricity.