THIS IS THE FUTURE 
OF HYDROPOWER

XFLEX HYDRO power plants currently undergoing testing are designed to be more flexible than traditional power plants and provide a range of services to ensure that local and regional power grids remain reliable and resilient to current and future disruptions.

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When flexibility means energy security

Grand’Maison hydropower plant has been testing a new operating mode that allows it to generate and store energy at the same time.

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Finish line in view for the XFLEX HYDRO project

One of the most ambitious research and technology projects in the energy sector is entering its last phase.

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Run-of-river hydropower plant tests hydro-battery-hybrid

The Vogelgrun hydropower plant is testing how a battery energy storage system (BESS) can increase the flexibility of the plant.

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full-scale applications

BATTERY/ TURBINE HYBRID

TESTED AT: VOGELGRUN, FRANCE

ENHANCED FIXED SPEED

TESTED AT: ALTO LINDOSO (HIGH HEAD) AND CANICADA, PORTUGAL (MEDIUM HEAD)

HYDRAULIC SHORT CIRCUIT

(WITH PELTON) TESTED AT: ALQUEVA

HYDRAULIC SHORT CIRCUIT

(WITH REVERSIBLE FRANCIS) TESTED AT GRAND'MAISON, FRANCE

VARIABLE SPEED (DFIM)

TESTED AT: FRADES 2, PORTUGAL

VARIABLE SPEED (FSFC)

TESTED AT Z'MUTT SWITZERLAND

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Grand'Maison

Grand'Maison is a pumped storage hydropower plant featuring twelve 150 MW units, consisting of four Pelton turbines and eight reversible pump-turbines.

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Z'mutt, Switzerland

Z’Mutt is the largest pumped storage hydropower plant of the Grand Dixence hydroelectric complex, featuring five units with a total pumping power of 88 MW.

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Assessing low-cost ways to increase hydropower’s services at Alqueva

The Alqueva pumped storage hydropower plant in Portugal is exploring three low capital expenditure opportunities to increase the plant’s services to the electricity grid.

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