Europe is even today dominated by the energy transmission towards a higher share of renewable energy supply. This will change in the future even more dramatically due to new climate and emission reduction discussions. It is expected that the installation of wind and solar energy will be continued.

Questions to be addressed

Logically the question about storage possibilities will be continued.   Based on these assumptions we can determine some questions about the future in the field of hydropower:

  • Thinking on future storage demand, the question about hydraulic storage at which sizes has to be conducted. So, discussions about central and decentralized pumped storage systems are for example one task.
  • Today’s pumped storage development is inhibited by very low prices. Will the development stop completely? What is the way for the future to get profitability for new projects so that we are able to develop them?
  • In terms of machine setup we have also to think about future developments due these new requirements. For newly installed machines grid stability and frequency control are one major task resulting in a highly dynamic approach for these setups. What about the older ones? Can we upgrade them to support or to fulfill the new requirements?
  • From different points of view the question about the change of operational mode should be discussed. Even today we see a dramatic change in this area but what will be the next step? Is there any next step possible?
  • The last point goes strongly with the following question: “Which services from the hydropower community are needed to support the future installation of other renewable sources?” Is there any future energy mix with dominating wind and solar power possible without the support of pumped storage and their ancillary services?

Addressing points like this the main topic of this panel discussion will be the question about the future innovations and development needs in the field of Hydropower Plants.

Panelists from the industry will try to focus from different points of view to the questions of future innovations and development needs. They are invited to share their insight and personal opinion with all delegates attending this panel.


  • Dipl.-Ing. Oliver HAUPT
    KfW-Development Bank, Senior Expert Hydro Power, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Leopold HENINGER
    VOITH Hydro St. Pölten, CEO, St. Pölten, Austria
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Walter SCHEIDL
    ANDRITZ Hydro GmbH, Chief Engineer Generators, Weiz, Austria
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Klaus SCHNEIDER
    Schluchseewerk AG, Head of staff unit for general technical support, Laufenburg, Germany