HYDROCONNECT: Our mission

HYDROCONNECT-Geschaeftsfuehrer-Walter-Albrecht-02With the hydrodynamic screw with double rotating cylinders with the Albrecht fishLift inside, we at Hydroconnect are contributing to complete fulfilment of the EU Water Framework Directive. We improve the condition of the surface water and make it possible for fish and river life to have injury-free passage of transverse structures – an important contribution to an intact environment.

The history of Hydroconnect hydrodynamic screw with double rotating cylinders with the Albrecht fishLift inside

2011.

Walter Albrecht invents an electricity-producing fish lift. The first prototype is created.

Seit 2012.

University of Natural Resources in Vienna (BOKU) carries out the fish ecology accompanying research. Trials and monitoring of the fish ascent and fish descent as well as microorganisms take place constantly. They show that the fish observed in the research are able to pass transverse constructions with the Hydroconnect hydrodynamic screw without injury.

2013.

Hydroconnect GmbH is founded; managing directors are Walter Albrecht and Paul Edelsegger
The Hydroconnect hydrodynamic screw with double rotating cylinders with the Albrecht fishLift inside is awarded three EU patents.

April 2014.

During the first forum of the Fish Migration and Hydropower Initiative, members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Lower Austrian State Government, University of Natural Resources and other hydropower and environmental experts give top marks to the technology from Hydroconnect. Besides the safety of fishes, the decisive arguments for the electricity-producing fish bypass are mainly the minimum amount of space that is required and the high efficiency.

Sept. 2014.

As the most successful project in Austria so far, Hydroconnect goes down in the history of the Green Rocket crowdfunding platform with its crowdfunding campaign.
Shortly after that, Hydroconnect takes 3rd place as well as the special jury award “Environment” of the Green Business Awards.

Sept. & Nov. 2014.

At the invitation of the Federal Environment Agency, the experts at Hydroconnect together with representatives from politics and environmental protection develop a synopsis paper on the fish ladder at the “Fish Protection and Fish Bypass” forum.

Jän. 2015.

The hydrodynamic screw with double rotating cylinders with the Albrecht fishLift inside goes into operation on the Sulm in Styria on behalf of VERBUND.

April 2015.

Completion of the screw power plant on the Jeßnitz at the area of the Lower Austrian State Exhibition Ötscherreich 2015. The demo power plant covers its own consumption and establishes a fish passage upstream and downstream, which must be ensured by 2027 at the latest in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive.