Bike Touring Highlight
The Hengstey run-of-river power plant was built between 1927 and 1929. In addition to the generation of energy, it serves to regulate the river, improves the self-cleaning of the Ruhr and, last but not least, creates high recreational value through the pent-up Hengsteysee.
The power plant's three turbines generate around 11 million kWh per year, enough for around 3,000 households.
The Hengstey run-of-river power plant is part of the Industrial Culture route: route-industriekultur.ruhr/themenrouten/09-industriekultur-an-volme-und-ennepe/laufwasserkraftwerk-hengstey.html
February 8, 2018
Hengsteysee - Hengstey run-of-river power plant near Herdecke / Hagen-Boele
The Hengstey run-of-river power plant is a hydropower plant at the end of Lake Hengsteysee in the course of the Ruhr, right on the city boundary between Herdecke and Hagen in North Rhine-Westphalia; the power plant building is on the Hagen side.
The run-of-river power plant was realized as a combination system with a roller weir in the 1920s. After construction, the Ruhr water was then dammed up to Hengsteysee. Since then, the river water and the height difference of about 4.6 m have provided the continuous basis for renewable electricity generation.
For hikers, runners and cyclists there is the possibility to cross the Ruhr directly over a pedestrian bridge at the power plant between Herdecke and Hagen. From here you have a great view of the roller weir and the Kaplan turbine houses. As with many bridges, the fashion of the "love locks", which now decorate the bridge, did not stop. Care should be taken for cyclists with the rails in the middle.
May 28, 2018
The interaction between the Köpchenwerk on the one hand and the weir systems below, with the machine house, where the power of the Ruhr generated the energy to operate the pumps to fill the storage basin 160m higher, and that in 1930 is already impressive. I found out afterwards that the energy of the flow generator was not enough to operate the pumps that pumped the water into the upper basin, this also required energy from the power grid.
August 27, 2020
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