ANDRITZ Hydro history

More than 180 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 comprehensive hydro expertise.

The cornerstone was laid by the turbine and generator pioneers in Europe and North America in the 19th century. Over time growth, mergers and cooperation agreements have created a cutting-edge technology company with about 7,000 employees worldwide.

Highlights of ANDRITZ Hydro’s history

2022   Installation of world’s largest spherical valves (D 4,200 mm) – Nurek, Tajikistan

2021    Largest rehabilitation package on the global hydropower market – CFE, Mexico

2021    World’s first co-located solar pumped storage hydropower plant – Kidston, Australia

2021    Commissioning of the world’s most powerful horizontal air cooled-motor-generator – Wehr, Germany

2020   Contract for the world’s first fully integrated renewable energy project – Pinnapuram, India

2019    Ground-breaking of the world’s strongest R&D test rig - Linz, Austria

2018    First full Operation & Maintenance contract – Teesta Stage III, India

2017    Commissioning of world’s largest Bulb turbines (71.6 MW) – Santo Antonio, Brazil

2015    The world’s most powerful hydropower single-phase motor generators (2 x 94 MVA) – Langenprozelten,

2013    Installation of world largest Hydromatrix units – Ashta, Albania

2011     Installation of world largest tidal power plant - Sihwa, Korea

2011     Contract for the world’s largest spillway of the world (18 x 20 m × 22 m) – Pimental, Brazil

2010    Installation of the at that time world largest Francis turbines (770 MW) - Simón Bolivar, Venezuela

2002   Installation of first var-speed motor-generator outside Japan - Goldisthal, Germany

1998    World record for Pelton (3 x 423 MW; 1,863 m) - Bieudron, Switzerland

1997    Installation of at that time world’s largest generator (840 MVA) - Three Gorges, China

1991     Installation of world largest manifold (height 16 m) - Tarbela, Pakistan

1978    Contract for the first Bulb turbine in China (3 x 20 MW) – Ma Jin Tang, China

1935    Invention of the world’s first Bulb turbine

1929    Installation of first pumped storage power station in Germany - Niederwartha, Germany

1896    Commissioning of the first commercial large hydropower plant - Niagara Falls, USA

1878    Invention of first Pelton waterwheel by Lester A. Pelton

1839    Supply of first water turbine

1805    Foundation of Escher Wyss & Cie, Switzerland

ANDRITZ HYDRO pioneering companies

ANDRITZ HYDRO pioneering companies


The history and success of ANDRITZ Hydro is based on numerous pioneering companies:

AFI, ANDRITZ, Andritz VA TECH HYDRO, Ateliers des Charmilles, 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, Hemi Controls, HMI Constructions, 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.

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