The Power plant at the Senkelbach in Augsburg
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Power plant at the Senkelbach

The machine and bronze wares producer Riedinger already began utilizing water power in 1865. The power plant building in today's Riedinger Park is the oldest of our UNESCO World Heritage site.

Building history and description

  • Hydroelectric power plant, still in operation today, on Senkelbach on the grounds of Riedinger
  • Augsburg, Rechts der Wertach; Riedingerstrasse 26G
  • Construction and start of operation until 1865
  • Correction of the Senkelbach course in 1890
  • Replacement of wooden channel walls by concrete 1920
  • Attachment to the power plant 1923
  • Damage caused by aerial bomb 1940
  • Reconstruction 1945
  • two-storey solid construction with saddle roof over rectangular plan
  • plastered facade
  • rectangular steel mullioned windows on the north side
  • Segment bow window on the south side
  • One storey offset extension with engine room from 1923
  • western grown caretaker house
Flywheel generator in the power plant on the Senkelbach
Inside the power plant on the Senkelbach
North front of the power plant on the Senkelbach
Inside the power plant on the Senkelbach

Use and purpose

  • Senkelbach applies (1900m length) as the oldest Wertach Canal, from 1588 occupied
  • today's course around 1904 reached
  • Concreting the historic wooden walls 1920
  • Bombing of 1940 was applied to neighboring Messerschmittwerke, power station warden as the first Augsburg victim of the air war
  • Machine sets from 1923 survived war unscathed
  • two inlets and center-run shot channel
  • Drop height about 6.2m, 18 cubic meters per second
  • Technical Equipment:
    • one Francis turbine
    • one AEG-Generator from 1923
    • one Kaplan turbine with vertical wave
    • one Kössler-Generator from 2007
  • connected, small recreational landscape
  • Power plant as an object of the UNESCO world heritage 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

  • a machine set 2007 replaced by modern turbine including generator
  • second machine set from 1923 still preserved but out of service
  • oldest power plant on our list of UNESCO elements
  • Providing technical development to a well-preserved, exemplary hydropower plant

Information and location

General Information:

The power plant is in private property.

Opening hours:

Not publicly open

Contact:

City of Augsburg
World Heritage Office
Rathausplatz 1
86150 Augsburg

+49(0)821 324-2115
welterbe@augsburg.de

Guided Tours:

No guided tours

Directions:

The power plant is located on company property. It is not publicly accessible.

Location:

The Riedinger power plant on the Senkelbach is located in the district Rechts der Wertach at the Riedinger industrial park.

Map: