It was already in 1975 when initially the weir system of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg was developed in place and complemented in 1997 by a hydropower station by the municipal utilities of Sigmaringen. The hydropower plant consists of a hydroelectric power station, a computer system with a cleaning machine, a canoe lock with a roof-type gate and fish migration facilities – upstream and downstream. Furthermore the turbine (Kaplan belt type turbine), the turbine control and the steel water components were tested throuroughly.
As part of the rehabilitation concrete components, hydromechanical equipment, hydraulic machinery, electrical equipment, scada system and new communication system (measurement & control technology) were tested for their usability and hence upgraded the system to a contemporary standar. An upgrade with increased performance is the desired result.