Programme

Our Cigre-SEERC meeting 2020 will start with a Reception at the Vienna Museum of Technology. It will also be possible to join a tour through the Museum for our interested members.

On Wednesday morning a Joint Session will be held, where the Kick-off of a Panel to write about the history of the electric energy system of the SEERC Region will take place. Afterward the space will be seperated into three rooms in order to allow for three Parallel Sessions, of course you can decide which session you wish to attend.  During the lunch break you will be able to join our Poster sessions. Afterwards we would like to welcome you at one of Vienna’s traditional restaurants: 10er Marie. The restaurant is close to the Conference venue and offers the possiblily to talk more in depth about previously discussed topics.

Thursday will start with 3 Parallel Sessions and as the meeting comes to an end, all members will again come together to a Joint and a Closing Session in the afternoon. The Poster sessions will take place during the coffee and the lunch break.

Technical Visit

On Friday you will have the option to join us on an excursion to one of Austria’s hydro power plants. A tour will offer interesting insights into this renewable energy plant just outside Austria’s capital.

About Greifenstein

The Greifenstein power plant was built to the north of the original river bed at the edge of the floodplains of the Danube-Auen National Park between 1981 and 1984. It was the 5th power plant to be constructed in a modern, low rise design. 9 Kaplan bulb turbines with a horizontal shaft and a wheel diameter of 6.5 m are installed in the powerhouse on the north shore. Each turbine drives a directly coupled 3-phase generator.

The construction of the power plant ensured the survival of the largest, uninterrupted riparian forest area in Central Europe. The now lush floodplain on the north bank of the 30 km long backwater area was in danger of drying up and turning into a steppe formation in many areas. Since the river was regulated more than 100 years ago, the Danube has continued to dig deeper into its river bed and, as a result, the groundwater level has also dropped. An irrigation system, now widely known as the “Gießgang”, was created concurrently with the construction of the power plant to protect the floodplain.