Das Kraftwerk Meitingen ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg

Power plant Meitingen

This power plant is the third one on the Lech canal and the furthest away from Augsburg. Initially it supplied industry and subsequently generated power for the entire region. This power plant has the entire original technical equipment from 1922 preserved and still in operation.

Building history and description
  • Hydroelectric power plant, still in operation today
  • Markt Meitingen, Landkreis Augsburg; Bernhardt-Monath-Straße 46
  • Start of sewer excavation 1898
  • Commissioning 1922
  • Attachment to the power plant 1938
  • hipped roof construction across the canal
  • Structure of the three-part, plastered facade by pilasters and accentuation with fake mezzanine
  • elongated windows and arched windows in the upper third of the building
  • steel lattice windows
  • low hipped roof on the west side
  • empty shot in the east
  • neighboring substation, oriented towards the design of the power plant (two-storey, ground floor round arched window, upper floor rectangular windows, plastered facade, hipped roof with beaver-tail roofing)
Maschinenraum im Kraftwerk in Meitingen ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
Machine room
Einlaufkanäle am Kraftwerk in Meitingen ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
Kraftwerk in Meitingen ©Martin Augsburger/Stadt Augsburg
Use and purpose
  • Hydropower plant for power generation (first for company, then for region)
  • Lechkanal has at this point 8m high dikes, enormous drop height of 13.4m
  • The turning point of the First World War is also evident in the architecture, deviating from the historical stylistic idiom applied in Gersthofen and Langweid
  • Technical equipment:
    • three Francis double turbines from Voith
    • three 1922 AEG generatores
  • Power station on the Lech Canal built in three sections from 1898-1922
  • Foundation of the Lechwerke 1903
  • Lech Canal was extended by 10 km until 1922 to Meitingen
  • three kilometers north of the power plant, the Lech Canal flows back into the Lech
  • Construction led to the settlement of Siemens Plania AG
  • Power plant as an object of the UNESCO nomination stands for:
    • Further development from small-scale to industrial scale
    • Further development from a simple waterwheel to a highly effective turbine
    • early replacement of mechanical transfers of hydroelectric power in the region by electrification
    • Early replacement of local hydropower and electricity generation by decentralized run-of-river power plants
    • Use of renewable energies benefits the environment,
    • "Augsburg tradition" of sustainability as a global role model
Authenticity and unique features
  • Generator coils rewrapped and turbines rehabilitated in 2016, otherwise original condition
  • originally only Francis turbines in all three Lech Canal power plants
  • construction-time equipment, however, only in Meitingen until today in operation
  • Providing technical development to a well-preserved, exemplary hydropower plant