Small pump turbines

Pumps used as turbines

ANDRITZ pumps used as small turbines operate successfully in various procedures and industries all around the world.

Are you looking for energy saving solutions or for solutions that produce energy? ANDRITZ has good and varied experience with operating its single-stage and multi-stage centrifugal pumps as mini-turbines in private as well as the municipal sectors, and for industry and commercial facilities. 

ANDRITZ pumps operating as recovery turbines


When running forward, an ANDRITZ centrifugal pump contributes to energy savings and conservation. By operating in backward mode, the pump becomes a mini-turbine that can generate a very healthy ROI by recovering and generating electrical power. ANDRITZ pump-turbines are an economical alternative, compared to the cost of buying and operating a conventional turbine. ANDRITZ pump-turbines operate, for example, as recovery turbines in pulp and paper mills, in small hydropower plants, and supply energy to mountain refuges and forest lodges. Thereby, the transport various media ranging from drinking water, residual and waste water as well as pulp suspensions.

The pump-turbine for energy recovery is best applied in situations where high-pressure is needed in one part of the process, but no longer required afterwards. Typically in these installations, the pressure is reduced with a relief valve and the energy stored in the high-pressure fluid is lost. The ANDRITZ pump-turbine efficiently recovers this “lost” energy and generates low-cost power from it. For more information on our pump-turbines please have a look at our brochures in the sidebar or contact us directly.


Electricity from your own plant

This self-sufficiency is offered by ANDRITZ mini-turbine plants, either for personal or for industrial use. Pumps as turbines offer considerable advantages for mini power plants thanks to the combination of cost-effectiveness, operating reliability, and efficiency. The plant has a compact design, suitable for isolated operation and for supplying to an existing power network.

Proven open impeller design

 Due to the open impeller design, the mini-turbine - a reverse-running centrifugal pump - handles not only drinking water, but also residual and waste water, as well as pulp suspensions. The design is characterized by open channels and a wear-resistant design that makes the pump insensitive to contaminants when used as a turbine.

Example of energy recovery in the paper industry

An example is the pump-turbine operating in the waste water system of a German paper mill. The total shaft output of the pump-turbine amounts to 127 kW. There is no need for a generator. The turbine part contributes 53 kW to this output. The result is recovery of energy, with more than 42% being efficiently re-used. The pressurized waste water enriched with air is relieved in the feed pipe to the micro-flotation stage. The excess pressure is absorbed by the pump-turbine and is passed on to the booster pump and used to drive the motor. This provides direct support to the pump drive and increases the overall efficiency of the process.

Services for small pump-turbines

  • Assistance in determining the volume of water available, dimensioning of the power plant
  • Consulting on design of the intake structure, the waterway, and the powerhouse
  • Assistance in planning, construction, or rebuilding of the electrical equipment
  • Specification of the most economical pipeline
  • Installation of ANDRITZ components in existing power or industrial plants

Product benefits

  • Energy savings
  • Lower acquisition costs
  • Lower operating costs
  • Excellent operating availability
  • Wear-resistant execution
  • Easy maintenance
  • Impeller with large free passage

ANDRITZ pumps used as turbines


single-stage and multi-stage; single-flow or double suction; open or closed impeller


up to 80 m

Flow rates:up to 6 m³/s
Output:up to 2 MW

Find out more ...


Custom-tailored pump solutions for various industries

Read more


Innovative and targeted standard and customized pumps and motors for various applications and operations.

Read more

Pumps service

We provide first-class service, secure sustained customer satisfaction, and our pumps' reliability.

Read more

Research and development

Our commitment to research and development forms the basis for our advances in hydraulic machine manufacturing.

Read more
+43 (316) 6902 2509
Get in contact
+49 (7171) 6090
Get in contact
ANDRITZ (China) Ltd.
P.R. China
+86 (757) 6663 3101
Get in contact
ANDRITZ Separation and Pump Technologies India Private Limited
+91 (44) 4399 1111
Get in contact
ANDRITZ Singapore Pte. Ltd.
+65 (6512) 1800
Get in contact
+55 (11) 4133 00 00
Get in contact
  • ANDRITZ pumps used as turbines PDF : 1.3 MB
  • ANDRITZ your partner for pumping solutions PDF : 8.3 MB