Secure your place on a hydropower study tour

January 31, 2019 by IHA0

Gain invaluable insights on significant and cutting-edge hydropower projects

Between 17-18 May participants of the 2019 World Hydropower Congress can join a tour of a hydropower facility in France and other European countries. These tours will provide invaluable insights on significant and cutting-edge hydropower projects. See them outlined below with more information available when following the links.

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La Coche & La Bâthie, France (EDF)

EDF hydropower study tour (La Coche & La Bâthie)

Located in the Isere valley, EDF’s La Coche project involves a new 240 MW generation machine which will be the most powerful pelton in France. The larger La Bâthie facility, located in Albertville Savoie, generates enough electricity for 450,000 people, avoiding the emission of 890,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

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Grand’Maison & Romanche-Gavet, France  (EDF)

Hydropower study tour Isère, France

The Grand’Maison power plant in the Romanche valley is a pumped storage scheme and one of the most recent large hydropower projects in Europe. The Romanche-Gavet hydropower plant, under construction since 2010, will replace five 100-year-old projects. It will produce 560 million KWh when completed.

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Kembs, France (EDF)

EDF hydropower study tour, Kembs

Downstream from the port of Basel, the historic 160 MW Kembs facility was commissioned in 1932. The power plant houses the Rhine Hydraulic Monitoring and Control Center, which remotely manages the operation of all EDF hydraulic facilities on the Rhine.

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Gaildorf, Voith HQ and Vianden, Germany & Luxembourg (Voith)

Voith hydropower study tour

This study tour provides World Hydropower Congress delegates with the opportunity to visit the Gaildorf hybrid power plant and Voith’s headquarters in Germany, as well as the Vianden pumped storage plant in Luxembourg, which is used as a flexible electricity storage system.

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Frades II and floating photovoltaic plant, Portugal (EDP)

EDP hydropower study tourThis study tour provides World Hydropower Congress delegates with the opportunity to visit the Frades II hydro plant and a floating photovoltaic project in Alto Rabagão. The Frades II project, equipped with variable-speed pump-turbines, was the first of its kind to be connected to the network in 2016.

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Nant de Drance & Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman, Switzerland (Alpiq)

Alpiq hydropower study tourThe Nant de Drance project, currently under construction, will be one of the most important energy infrastructure facilities in Switzerland. Delegates will also visit the 480 MW Forces Motrices Hongrin Léman power station, which is today the country’s second largest pumped storage station.

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See an overview of all tours here and Book to secure your place at the World Hydropower Congress 2019.


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit membership organisation. Our mission is to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions. Learn more:

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