Field Trip

7th IAHR ISHS 2018: May 15th to 18th 2018, Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Coo pump-storage plant (Belgium)

The Coo pump-storage plant was built between 1971 and 1979 to support the Tihange nuclear power plant located next to river Meuse. Its total power is 1,164 MW with 6 pump-turbine groups located in an underground cavern. Two upper reservoirs, with a storage capacity of 8.5 million m³, are located 279 m above the lower one. The plant is operated by ENGIE company and is a key component of the overall power production system in which intermittent renewable energy sources play a growing part.

After the visit of the cavern, a walk (5 km) along the Amblève river will provide a close look to Coo pump storage plant lower reservoir, Coo micro power plant and Coo waterfall.

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Eupen Dam (Belgium)

Eupen dam is located on the Vesdre river. The 66 m high gravity concrete damwas built between 1935 and 1949 to regulate the river discharge regarding needs of the manufactures in the downstream valley. Nowadays, the reservoir is used for drinking water storage and flood management.

The free surface spillway is made of 2 gates, a stepped spillway and a stilling basin, with a design capacity of 230 m³/s.

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(Photo: HECE-ULiege)

Eupen water treatment plant

The Eupen water treatment plant is making water from the Eupen dam safe to drink since 1951. It has been refurbished in 2006, in particular to add a nanofiltration step. Together with the neighbor station of Stembert, Eupen plant has a nanofiltration capacity of around 110,000 m³ per day, one of the largest in Europe.

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Note: Sturdy shoes are required. Please also consider weatherproof clothing!

Fachhochschule Aachen

LOC Chair
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel B. Bung
Bayernallee 11
52066 Aachen / Germany
Contact: ISHS2018

LOC Vice-Chair / Web
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Mario Oertel
Mönkhofer Weg 239
23562 Lübeck / Germany
Contact: Web Team