Modern Methodologies for Design, Manufacturing and
Operation of Pumped Storage Power Plants (HydroNet)
Streamlines and skin friction illustrating the backflow in the pump turbine.
Scope of project
Electricity production in Switzerland relies heavily on hydro power plants, which face new challenges
due to the strong increase in short-term energy trading.
Modern power plants are expected to operate at variable speed in a wider range of output power
with improved efficiency, flexibility and safety. To address these challenging issues, our network
aims to converge towards a consistent standardized methodology for design, manufacturing, operation,
monitoring and control of pumped storage power plants in order to give new impulsions in the
The focus is put on operation and maintenance with respect to the new economic environment. Besides
the generation units, civil engineering and sedimentation issues as well as economical aspects