Hydro capacity accounted for 16.7% of total power plant installations globally in 2021, according to GlobalData, with total recorded hydro capacity of 1,357GW. This is expected to contribute 12.6% by the end of 2030 with capacity of installations aggregating up to 1,555GW. Of the total global hydro capacity, 1.08% is in Austria. Listed below are the five largest active hydro power plants by capacity in Austria, according to GlobalData’s power plants database. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of the global hydro power segment. Buy the latest hydro power plant profiles here.

1. Malta Hauptstufe

The Malta Hauptstufe is a 730MW hydro power project located in Carinthia, Austria. Post completion of construction, the project was commissioned in 1978. VERBUND Hydro Power own the project. Buy the profile here.

2. Kopswerk II

The 525MW Kopswerk II hydro power project is located in Vorarlberg, Austria. EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg; Vorarlberger Illwerke has developed the project. It was commissioned in 2008. The project is owned by Vorarlberger Illwerke. Buy the profile here.

3. Silz

The Silz is a 500MW hydro project. Tiwag-Tiroler Wasserkraft owns the project. It was commissioned in 1981. The project was developed by Tiwag-Tiroler Wasserkraft. It is located in Tyrol, Austria. Buy the profile here.

4. Limberg II

The Limberg II hydro project with a capacity of 480MW came online in 2011. The project was developed by VERBUND Hydro Power. VERBUND Hydro Power have the equity stakes in the project. It is located in Salzburg, Austria. Buy the profile here.

5. Reisseck II

The Reisseck II has been operating since 2015. The 430MW hydro project is located in Carinthia, Austria. The project has been developed by KELAG International; VERBUND Hydro Power. Energie AG Oberosterreich Trading; KELAG International; VERBUND Hydro Power have the equity stakes in this project. Buy the profile here.

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Plants database, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide.