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Markersbach Pumped Storage Power Plant

Technology Type Open-loop Pumped Hydro Storage
Rated Power 1050000 kW
Duration at Rated Power (HH:MM) 0:15.00 / 4.00
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The Markersbach Pumped Storage Power Plant is a hydroelectric power station utilizing pumped-storage technology in Markersbach, Germany. Planning for the power plant began in 1961, construction began in 1970 and the generators were commissioned in 1979. The power station generates electricity by moving water between an upper and lower reservoir. During periods of low energy demand, water is pumped from the lower reservoir at an elevation of 563 m (1,847 ft) to an upper reservoir at 850 m (2,789 ft). When energy demand is high, the water is released back down towards the lower reservoir and fed through six 175 MW reversible Francis pump turbines, the same machines that pumped the water to the upper reservoir. Hydraulic head: 288 m Reservoir Capacity: 6,300,000 m3 Water discharge: 70 m3/s per Unit, 6 Units 175 MW each
This data has been validated by project staff through a review of publicly available information about the project, and verified by the project owner. Information is accurate as of 2016-04-29.
Project Status
Status Operational
Commissioning On 01.01.1979
Project Includes Multiple Systems No

Markersbach, Saxony

Utility Vattenfall
Utility Type Federally Owned
Paired Grid Resource Transmission
Project Includes Multiple Systems No
Ownership & Value Chain Partners
Ownership Model Utility-Owned
Equity Owner 1 Vattenfall
Equity Owner 1 Percent 100%
Power Electronics Provider CKD Blansko, Skoda
O&M Contractor Alstom (synchronous generators upgrade Oct. 16, 2015)
Cost & Performance
Performance Annual Generation: 980 GWh
Service Use Case Black Start
Electric Energy Time Shift
Electric Supply Capacity
Frequency Regulation
Voltage Support

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