The Veľké Kozmalovce small hydroelectric power plant was built on the Hron river as the only HPP on the river, which belongs to SE, a.s. The primary purpose of the Veľké Kozmálovce water work is to provide for stock of cooling water for the Mochovce NPP. At the HPP there are installed three sets having a bend-type turbine and a generator driven via a gearbox. The waste water from the smaller of the sets empties into the Perec channel rather than the Hron river.
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.