Knoll Hydraulik & Automation were allowed to develop the hydraulic systems for a river power plant and with the help of water, clean energy can be obtained.
The power of nature
Around 5,000 years ago, people recognised that the flow of water could be used to develop energy. Since the end of the 19th century, water has also been used to generate electricity in order to meet the growing hunger for it. Subsequently, water wheels have been used for this purpose, for example, to grind grain or to irrigate fields.
Right now, we are in a period where thinking and acting in a resource-saving and sustainable manner is seen as a great way to help reduce a negative impact on the environment and therefore this energy source continues to thrive even after 5,000 years.
Most water plants that create energy are found in mountainous regions, which is where there are naturally many rivers and bodies of water, therefore from this water electricity can be generated. In Austria, Knoll Hydraulik & Automation were allowed to design and equip a river power plant with hydraulic units including cylinders.
Although it was a great project, there were also tricky issues to overcome. Due to the high cleaning speed required, a proportional flow control valve was integrated into the hydraulic circuit in order to be able to delay the inertia forces of the machine at the end positions and at the same time ensure a jerk-free acceleration process when starting the machines.
The power plant offers a high energy yield and will generate electricity for decades. With Knoll Hydraulik & Automation hydraulics experience, they continue to contribute to the expansion of renewable energies.
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Source: Knoll Hydraulik & Automation