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Taiwan Smallest Power Station in Ruanciao Converted into a Memorial Park (Tourist Attraction)
2009-07-14 16:32:00
2009-07-14 16:40:00
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Leanne Chien
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Leanne Chien
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By TTNews Reporter Tsu Hsiao-Hua
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Hsinchu County, Taiwan –


The smallest power station in Taiwan known as Gueishan Power Factory Ruanciao Branch is located in Jhudong Township. It was built in 1919 and the water resource came from Shangping River. Ruanciao Power Factory on Jhudong Canal was built to generate hydro-electricity from the running water.

According to the historic data collected by the locals, it is indicated that Ruanciao Power Factory was once temporary out of service due to mechanical failure during the World War II. Its reconstruction was completed in 1992, it was at the same time converted into a fully automatic power plant, hoping to supply the electricity to the entire Jhudong region.

Next to the power station there should be a big pond that was used as the buffer while generating the power, but now it has become a vast lawn. Taiwan Power Company converted the place into a hydro-electricity memorial park to record the history of power plant. It is now a recreational area with both leisure and education purposes.

In this small water power park, you can overlook the beautiful rural scenery from here and indulge in a piece of serenity. Meanwhile, you can have a better understanding of the process of generating hydro-electricity.

Traffic Information:
National Highway No.1 -> Zhongshan Highway -> Exit from Hsinchu Interchange -> Connect to County Expressway No. 122 -> Jhudong Township -> Jhudong Canal
National Highway No.3 -> 2nd North Highway –> Jhulin Interchange -> Connect to County Expressway No. 120 -> Jhudong Township -> Jhudong Canal


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English and Chinese
Gueishan Power Factory Ruanciao Branch: 桂山發電廠軟橋分廠
Jhudong Township: 竹東鎮
Shangping River: 上坪溪




【景點】台灣最小的軟橋發電廠 闢建公園道古今

徐筱樺/新竹縣

  全台灣規模最小的發電廠在哪裡呢?那就是竹東鎮的桂山發電廠軟橋分廠,興建於西元1919年,水源取自上坪溪,在竹東大圳的圳路上設置了軟橋發電廠,協助發電後的溪水再經由圳路流回上坪溪,這條圳路在當時被稱為「電燈圳」。

  根據地方人士蒐集的資料指出,軟橋發電廠二次世界大戰後曾因機件故障而荒廢停用,西元1992年台電重建完工,同時改成全自動發電廠,希望全年供電一百七十萬度,供應竹東地區的民生用電。

  原本發電廠的周圍是一個大水池,做為發電時的緩衝蓄水池,但現在成為一大片草地,台電公司也將其規畫成水力發電紀念公園,記錄電廠的歷史,除了變成景點,供民眾休憩外,也極富教育意義。

  小小的水力公園內,不但綠草如茵,還能遠眺農村景致,沉醉在蟲鳴鳥叫悅耳的旋律裡,席地而坐享受片刻的寧靜。同時可以看見發電前的小型蓄水庫、水力發電設備以及當時的排水閘門,透過導覽人員的解說,瞭解水力發電的過程。

  沿著南清公路往五峰的方向走,還有很多小鎮的美、小鎮的人文、小鎮的歷史,值得您去體驗,發掘竹東鮮少人知的另一番美貌。(攝影/徐筱樺)

◎交通資訊
國道1號、中山高新竹交流道下→接122號線道往竹東方向→竹東大圳
國道3號、北二高竹林交流道下→接120號道道往竹東方向→竹東大圳
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