Dlouhé stráně power plant
On the outskirts of Šumperk in the nearby Jeseníky mountains lies a unique technical masterpiece – the pumped storage power plant Dlouhé Stráně. In 2005, it was chosen as one of the seven wonders of the Czech Republic. Most importantly, however, it has the largest reversible water turbines in Europe.
We are offering visitors to Cutting Days 2017 the opportunity to visit this marvel and enjoy a presentation of our successful segment specific products in the unconventional environment of this unique power plant.
The power plant's construction began in 1978 and was completed in 1996. The mountain Dlouhé Stráně and the river Divoká Desná flowing beneath was chosen as the site. The placement of this structure in the middle of a natural reserve was, at least initially, a point of contention in the eyes of the public. Today, the power plant is an attraction that brings people to the mountains, not just from among technical enthusiasts, but also general visitors to the Czech Republic.
The upper reservoir was built at the top of Dlouhé Stráně mountain at an altitude of 1,350m. It has a total volume of 2.7 million m3. The lower reservoir was created by building a 56m tall dam over the river Divoká Desná. The total volume of the reservoir is 3.4 million m3.
The power plant itself is built as an underground facility – the turbine cavern, sized 87.5 x 25.5 x 50m, located inside the mountain, as is the transformer chamber with dimensions 115 x 16 x 21.7m. The cavern is fitted with two 24m tall reversible Francis turbines with an output of 325MW each.
The underground power plant is connected to the upper reservoir through two underground feeder pipelines with a 3.6m diameter and length of 1,547 and 1,499m respectively. It is connected to the lower reservoir through two tunnels with diameter 5.2m and length of 354 and 390m. The feeder pipelines are fitted on both ends with giant ball valves. Attendees on the tour will be able to access the cavern above.
Did you know?
- The asphalt used for insulating the upper reservoir was imported from Albania – it has to withstand a temperature range of -30 to +60 °C
- The upper reservoir can also be accessed through a service tunnel inside the mountain with 2,400 steps. The tunnel is a necessity primarily during winter months, in which the upper reservoir is exposed to the harsh winter conditions of Jeseníky mountains
- The power plant cost CZK 6.5 billion and a return on this investment took just seven years
- The power plant is frequently finding itself to be of further use in balancing out the instabilities in the power transfer system from newly installed solar and wind power plants. Unlike these two types, the output of the water power plant can be regulated
Please be aware that the tour of Dlouhé Stráně is only available to visitors attending Cutting Days 2017. Buses to the power plant will depart twice a day from the Dormer Pramet production unit in Šumperk. The tour will take approximately four hours (incl. travel to and from the power plant).