Proven, reli­able and man­age­able

The pow­er of water has been used for thou­sands of years and is the old­est form of ener­gy gen­er­a­tion. Peo­ple used it long before the indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion and the use of fos­sil fuels like coal, oil and gas. Elec­tric­i­ty has been gain­ing man’s ener­gy from hydropow­er for over 130 years, using a con­trol­lable and proven tech­nol­o­gy. Hydropow­er is inex­haustible and does not show the strong fluc­tu­a­tions in per­for­mance of oth­er alter­na­tive ener­gy sources such as wind or sun — water flows con­tin­u­ous­ly and around the clock, its pow­er is inde­pen­dent of the weath­er. Hydropow­er tech­nol­o­gy has proven itself in prac­tice over decades, is extreme­ly long-lived, and plant man­u­fac­tur­ers offer com­pre­hen­sive per­for­mance guar­an­tees. It is by far the most mature of renew­able ener­gies and essen­tial for sys­tem sta­bil­i­ty and sup­ply secu­ri­ty of the ener­gy sec­tor, it com­pen­sates for the lack of stor­age capac­i­ty of oth­er vari­able elec­tric­i­ty pro­duc­tions.

Incom­pa­ra­bly envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly

In Europe, the share of elec­tri­cal ener­gy from hydropow­er is only 14.9 per­cent. At the same time, water is an envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly resource right in front of our home, which offers great poten­tial for the future.

CO2 sav­ings

In addi­tion, elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tion from hydropow­er is one hun­dred per­cent free of emis­sions — nei­ther car­bon diox­ide nor oth­er tox­ic residues pol­lute the envi­ron­ment. For exam­ple, an aver­age of 15.5 mil­lion tons of CO2 per year have been saved by hydro­elec­tric pow­er in recent years.

Hydro­elec­tric pow­er is there­fore a key tech­nol­o­gy for the achieve­ment of the EU cli­mate and is there­fore favor­ably pro­mot­ed against oth­er renew­able ener­gies.

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