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Kopswerk II is designed as a pumped storage power plant by the hydroelectric power producer ‘Vorarlberger Illwerke AG’, constructed in the Austrian Province of Vorarlberg. The plant is located at the end of the Montafon valley and uses the existing Kops Lake as upper storage reservoir and Rifa balancing reservoir as lower storage reservoir. The Kopswerk II is located entirely under ground. Total investment cost of the project is estimated approx. 360 million euros. For this project we were hired to design an interactive software that was going to explain how the whole power system operates.

Our solution was to create two separate working applications used together on a multi-screen set up.

The first projection screen is used to represent the re-created Montafon valley terrain with all the lakes, the 1.800m tunnels as well as the powergrid, the powerstations and village infrastructeres. Also, we had to simulate the geographical position of the valley to match the movement of the sun.

The second screen is a multitouch screen used as a control panel. From there, the user is able to select different POI (points of interest) which either produce or consume electricity. In addition, the user can also select the option to control the production of power.

More than 20 different modes of power cosumption scenarios were developed and used, taking into consideration factors such as the different weather conditions, the changing season, the wind power, the specific day of the week, and whether it is holiday or not. We simulated and combined all these elements and we also had to link some of them to the actual weather conditions in the areal view application.

We engineered these two applications to be able to run on a single machine, as well as on two different computers. We explicitly wanted to link and sync automatically these appliations without the need of doing anything else, except starting them from their icons. It takes only the two machines/devices to be connected to a single wifi network.