ANDRITZ Hydro history
Over 175 years of experience in the hydraulic energy supply business, as well as intensive research and development activities form the solid basis of ANDRITZ Hydro’s competences.
The cornerstone was laid by the turbine and generator pioneers in Europe and North America in the 19th centruy. Over time growth, mergers and cooperation agreements have created a state-of-the-art technology company with more than 7,500 employees.
Highlights in ANDRITZ Hydro’s history
2013 Installation of world largest Hydromatrix units – Ashta, Albania
2011 Successful commercial operation of the first 1MW tidal current turbine HS1000 in EMEC, UK
2011 Installation of world largest tidal power plant - Sihwa, Korea
2010 Installation of 770 MW Francis turbine - Guri II,Venezuela
2002 Installation of first Varspeed motor-generator outside Japan - Goldisthal, Germany
1998 World record for Pelton - Bieudron, Switzerland
1997 Installation of 840 MVA hydro generator - Three Gorges, China
1991 Installation of world largest manifold - Tarbela, Pakistan
1935 First bulb turbine by Escher Wyss
1929 Installation of first pumped storage power station in Germany - PSW Niederwartha, Germany
1903 First water turbine of I.P. Morris
1896 Commissioning of the first large commercial hydropower plant - Niagara Falls, USA
1878 Invention of first Pelton waterwheel by Pelton
1839 First turbine supplied by Escher Wyss
1805 Foundation of Escher Wyss & Cie, Switzerland
The history and success of ANDRITZ Hydro is based on numerous pioneering companies:
Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey, Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton, Bell, Bouvier, Boving, C.E.G.B., Charmilles, Dominion Engineering, Elin, English Electric, Escher Wyss, Finshyttan, GE-HYDRO, GE HYDRO inepar, Hydro Vevey, J. P. Morris, KAMEWA, KMW, KVAERNER, Møller, NOHAB, Pelton Water Wheel, Pichlerwerke, SAT, Sørumsand Verksted, Sulzer Hydro, Tampella, VA TECH HYDRO, VOEST, VOEST MCE, Waplans.