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Sauer Compressors for Hydro Power

Posted on July 31, 2023 by Crystal Wilson

The energy source that people used to power mills and sawmills back in the pre-industrial age now accounts for more than 15 % of all power generated worldwide. Water power is the undisputed leader among renewable energies, making up around 75 % of total output.

This success is down to hydroelectric power plants, in which the kinetic energy of water is converted into electrical power using turbines and generators. Compressors also perform essential tasks in this process. The many types of power plants are generally differentiated into low, medium, or high-pressure plants according to the practical head of the water or based on their operating principle, e.g., running water and storage (water) power plants.

Three Sauer-Compressors operate at Turkey’s largest storage power plant – Beyhan-1 in Elazig province in the country’s east. In this type of power plant, water is stored in a reservoir, and the energy from the water is converted into power as required. It is the first of three planned storage power plants constructed as a cascade on the mountainside along the River Murat. With an output of 582 MW, it supplies more than 400,000 households in the region with power.

The hydroelectric power plant is equipped with WP6310 Sauer-Compressors. The three water-cooled machines achieve a combined flow rate of more than 706 scfm at a final pressure of 930 psi. The compressed air they generate is required to control the turbines and blow out the water to operate the phase shifter. Both applications are crucially important in generating energy using water power.

The most significant advantage of working with Sauer compressors is their reliability. In emergent situations, you can ensure solid performance. These compressors are designed to work under extreme environmental conditions, such as being up to 650 feet underground, high temperatures, high humidity, or dealing with floating curtain dams, all common obstacles in hydroelectric plants. In addition, service technicians offer availability, willingness, experience, and full capacity at all times for your service.