Turbines fit for a collector

The Rovesca Hydroelectric Plant in Italy

In Italy, there are 4,503 hydroelectric plants. Some of them, built a century ago, a true works of art.

One called the Rovesca Hydroelectric Plant houses four Pelton turbines with a horizontal axis – clean, polished and functioning perfectly for nearly a century. It was built by Webuild in 1926.

The plant still preserves the Lombard Renaissance style with arched windows, arcades, decorative murals, huge wrought-iron lamps, control room with its woodwork décor, and high ceilings. The lake’s waters course through 2 kilometres of tunnels and a conduit of 866 metres before passing through the turbines to generate electricity for homes and businesses in Val d’Ossola.