June 16, 2014
Voith Hydro has continued its manufacturing role in American Municipal Power's Ohio River projects through its recent shipment of three stators and three distributors from its Hannibal, Ohio plant to the Smithland Hydroelectric Project in Kentucky. Voith has previously shipped stators and distributors - which are major components of the generators that will be used to provide power - to the Cannelton and Meldahl projects in Kentucky and Willow Island in West Virginia. Smithland is the last of the four Ohio River plants to receive this shipment. Taken together, AMP's Ohio River projects represent the largest new U.S. hydro development undertaken in recent years.
"The shipment of stators and distributors to the Smithland Hydroelectric Project is another exciting development in a project that will soon bring thousands of households and businesses clean and affordable hydroelectric power," said Voith Hydro President and CEO Kevin Frank. "Voith Hydro is proud to continue to play a manufacturing role in providing the sustainable energy that spurs economic development and supports jobs in communities across the U.S."
The stators and distributors were manufactured by Voith Hydro at the facility it opened in Hannibal, Ohio (the distributors were manufactured at Voith Hydro's facility in York, PA with final assembly in Hannibal). The stator is a key component of the generator and typically one of the larger components of the power unit of a hydroelectric project. The stators for Smithland are 9.18 meters in diameter and weigh 165 metric tons.
AMP's hydroelectric projects - which are taking place on existing locks and dams on the Ohio River - will add more than 300 MW of new, renewable generation. The Smithland project will provide 72 MW of power to AMP's participating members once operational.
The Importance of Hydropower
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development - both in industrial countries and emerging markets. At the same time, hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning, and continuously develops it further.
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Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 43,000 people, generates EUR 5.7 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.
Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith and - with a workforce of over 5,300 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 1.3 billion - is one of the worldwide leading full-line suppliers for the equipment of hydropower plants. With operating units in the global hydropower markets the company offers its services locally and close to the customer. In the U.S., Voith Hydro is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, where it has manufactured hydropower equipment for over 135 years.
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