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The Švedlár small HPP is an example of a combined hydroelectric power plant – where electricity is also generated besides the use of the strength of water into other technology – located in the structure of a saw mill. Slovenské elektrárne, a.s., took it over and reconstructed it in 1992. The turbine is of Francis type.


Hydroelectric plants

Slovenské elektrárne operates 31 hydroelectric plants. Their combined output is 1,652.7 MW, representing approximately 38.4% of the Company’s total installed capacity. Majority of the installations is located on the Váh River cascade, or the longest river in Slovakia. On average, the hydroelectric sources generate 2,070 MW annually (consumption of pumped storage power stations excluded), or some 11% of the electricity produced by Slovenské elektrárne.

Because of their very variable power output and operational flexibility, hydroelectric plants are capable to satisfy the swiftly changing demands in the daily-load diagram, pairing nicely with the base load supply covered by nuclear power plants. Slovenské elektrárne has 736.6 MW installed in river hydropower plants and 916.4 MW in pumped storage power stations.