An Electrical Powerplant

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Kraftwerk Vockerode

I had the chance to work further on my set of industrial photos. The location this time was a thermal powerplant, located in Vockerode, south from Berlin. The Vockerode power plant was a lignite and later also gas fired power plant in east Germany. It was built in 1937 and shut-down between 1994 and 1998. The four chimneys of the plant were demolished in 2001.
The first block of the lignite fired power plant (6 x 35 MW) was built between 1937 and 1940. After 1943 installation was begun on the world's first commercial HVDC. It was completed in 1945, but never went in service. After dismantling of the equipment during the soviet occupation the inverter hall was transformed into a workshop and stands still today. A lot of equipment from the power plant was also dismantled. Between 1953 and 1959 the power plant was refurbished and a second block (12 x 36 MW) was built.

In 1971 a gas turbine power plant was built, which consisted of six 27 MW units. Between 1972 and 1974 greenhouse facilities were built on an area of 64 hectares, which were heated by the power plant, for growing tomatoes and cucumbers. The green house facilities were shut down in 1991, and demolished in 1997. In 1994 the lignite power plant was shut down. In 1998 the gas turbine power plant was shut down and on September 22, 2001 the chimneys were demolished by explosives. In 2005 the oil tanks of the gas turbine plant were demolished.

More information can be found in Wikipedia and also here.