MONASTERY OF MARIENBERG BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF NATURE

Autor: Roland Gruber , 17.05.2016

The efforts to deliver the monastery's own hydro power plant dragged out over more than a decade. It was only three years ago that the powers-that-be at the Benedictine monastery of Marienberg ...

... in the area of Burgei in South Tyrol - the highest Benedictine abbey in Europe at an altitude of 1340 m above sea level - were able to implement their ideas of an environmentally friendly and decentralised ecofriendly power plant. The new high-pressure power plant on the Meltzbach river in the Vinschgau district has now been reliably supplying green electricity since the end of 2012. The 4-nozzle Pelton turbine with a maximum output of 315 kW generates around 1.8 GWh a year. The revenue from selling electricity is used primarily to maintain the extensive buildings and property.

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The plant on the Meltzbach river in the Vinschgau district in the area of Burgeis in South Tyrol is owned by the Benedictine monastery of Marienberg.

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