The scenario of hydroelectric power in the Agno valley has recently expanded with three other small power plants built by Impianti Agno.
After fully exploiting the potential obtainable from diversions with surface waters, drinking water eventualy ended up at the center of new energy interests. Usually diverted at high altitudes, this water tends to reach the user with excessive power: a large part of its hydraulic energy is therefore dissipated through the use of valves specially built for the purpose. This energy, which would otherwise be lost, can however be effectively converted into electricity.
This is what happens in the Agno plant. Built in 2011, the small hydroelectric power station is located between San Quirico and Maglio di Sopra, near the Marzotto canal. It is equipped with a Francis turbine with horizontal axis, with a total output of about 600 mWh per year.