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Vattenfall's second largest pumped storage plant is on the Mittweida river in the Eastern Ore Mountains.

History and Characteristics of Markersbach Pumped-storage Power Plant

The six machine sets at Markersbach pumped storage plant began operations as early as 1981. It has installed capacity of 1050 megawatts (MW).

The upper reservoir can hold around six million cubic metres of working water, enough for the turbines to run at full load for approximately four hours. It takes the power station just two minutes to go from inactivity to full power (1050 MW). This quick availability makes it an important component of the energy revolution as it can respond to the heavy fluctuations in the feed of renewable energy. Pumped storage plants guarantee network stability.