As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Black Forest is not only about nature, Black Forest is also source of renewable energy in form of hydropower.
Since the hydropower stations generate electricity solely from the energy contained in water, they must be located close to running water. The water is first backed up using a weir and then released on a controlled basis. To achieve a higher flow speed and thus increase the energy of the water, hydropower stations are also often located in mountain areas.
Compared to a coal or gas-fired power station, the energy conversion chain in a hydropower station is very short. The energy loss with hydropower generation is similarly low, which gives hydropower stations a high efficiency rating. Their turbines and generators can convert up to 90% of the usable water power into electricity.
On this photo you can see the see Hausern Hydro Power Plant which is part of the Schluchsee hydropower station complex (first, top stage) which has a number of reservoirs of different heights linked by pumping stations with average power generating capacity of 500MW (total in three stages).
It is important to say that I’ve taken this photo during rather low water period with the turbine-generators under scheduled service works.
Out of 500MW, Hausern (built in 1931) is producing 100MW, the second stage at Witznau (built in 1943) 250MW and the third, bottom stage at Waldshut (built in 1951) 150MW. The exhausted water from Wadshut plant is directly channeled to the Rhine River.
All three stages are served with water from Schluchsee reservoir which is located 930m above sea level. The whole system is fed by water from Black Forest streams and also by snow melting water during spring season. The pressure head (slope height difference) of the all three stages is 620meters (i.e. 62 bars).
During low network power demand and high power excess from large base load power stations the water can be pumped back from each stage reservoir to next higher placed reservoir, accumulating precious water energy for high peak and/or emergency power demand.
The generating-pumping mode can be switched only within 90 second, so the power generation can be stopped in shortest time and water can be pumped back to next higher basin (reservoir). No other power generation system can be adjusted so quickly as this one.
Should you have any questions related to this photo, or power generation systems, do not hesitate to ask me. I'll try to answer as far as I'll be able to.
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kato (11630) 2014-05-28 3:08
You're capturing well this power plant by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see hydropower plant in the Black Forest. I know that the German government is promoting non-atomic power as an energy policy. Although water-power generation has conditions of location, it is environment-friendly energy from old times. And, the green of the trees which adjoin plant is beautiful.
snunney (84742) 2014-05-28 3:48
A fine capture of this hydro-electric plant accompanied by an interesting and informative composition. The point of view is well chosen to show the power station in its surroundings. I like the lighting and the colour contrasts. Excellent sharpness.
Nicou (123124) 2014-05-28 4:52
Sueprbe compo et vue de cette centrale électrique avec le deux grosses conduites qui descendent et ces reflet et le brillant quels plans différents et vue splendide.
Bravoe t amitié
jurek1951 (42156) 2014-05-28 5:50
a splendid photo with beautiful colours and lights, the composition is very spectacular. Great shot,
shreya2000 (1186) 2014-05-28 22:15
Well composed pic of hydropower dam below the hill. India has also made a lot of hydro power dams which is quite similar to this dam. I like your composition and colours of the trees in back side.
delpeoples (53167) 2014-05-30 9:21
Ciao dear Miro
Yes, it is a necessity isn't it, although I must say that the Germans have made this type of industry almost look attractive, as have you with your photo. The textures and tones of the trees are lovely and you have obtained some delightful reflections in the mirror-like lake. Well done.
Warmest wishes and happy Friday
jmdias (56043) 2014-05-31 6:59
we have many hydropower use in brazil, most of our electricity comes from the rivers and my state is one of the largest producers, with lots of damages and lost of fertile soil, at same time paraná has lots of rivers to make more and more and sometimes we have to say no..
very nice use of the framing and these reflections. I liked the visual effect here.
nikkitta (14858) 2014-06-03 10:59
What an informative note to introduce this capture, I believe all alternative power produce are good, they help to preserve our world
About the capture with the reflections on the quiet waters and the forest at the back is a fine composition
Well done, regards
ikeharel (58077) 2014-06-13 7:33
With so much water available, a good use for relatively clean energy, Miro.
taken well from POV chosen, p[laced the Hidro-station off-center to left, and fine view of the forest on the slop.
Strong daylight broght a nice reflection as a bonus to the photo.
Green contrast pink/brown tones.
- Copyright: Miro Susta (mirosu) (14398)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-23
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D600, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-28 2:26