A hydro power plant in Saxony, Germany has been modernised as part of Expo 2000, a German industrial trade show. The project is called ‘Ostritz-St Marienthal; model town for ecological energy’.

Built nearly a century ago to serve the famous 700-year-old St Marienthal monastery, the plant was first linked to the public network in the 1960s. Installation of a new 104kW turbine was a key part of the DM2M (US$870,000) project which aims to highlight the benefits of renewable energy. All supplies to Ostritz, on the German-Polish border, are from renewable sources with any spare capacity fed into the regional network.