Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation’s Japanese unit has been awarded the 51st Ohm technical prize for its work on the Kaminojiri 2 hydro station, in conjunction with Tohoku Electric Power Co. which owns and runs the plant.

Voith Fuji Hydro teamed up with the Japanese plant’s owner to develop large capacity vertical bulb turbine and generator technology. Working on the Kaminojiri 2 station, which is located on Japan’s Agno river, engineers demonstrated that the new turbine and generator unit would save the amount of space taken up by power houses, allow more flexibility in their location, boost power output and lessen maintenance requirements by reducing auxiliary equipment.

Set up in 1952, the award recognises advances in electrical technologies, including the power generation industry.