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An Atlas of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage

Assessing the potential for Short Term Off-River pumped hydro Energy Storage (STORES) to provide cost-effective storage on a large scale in Australia.

  • $449k

    ARENA Funding

  • $1.08m

    Total Project Value

Need

This project will assess the potential for Short Term Off-River pumped hydro Energy Storage (STORES) to provide cost-effective storage on a large scale in Australia, supporting higher levels of renewable energy in the National Electricity Market and South West Interconnected System.

The study will also assess grid integration aspects of STORES and its potential to help address renewable energy grid integration issues.

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    N/A

    Lead Organisation

    The Australian National University (ANU)

    Start Date

    Jul 2016

    Project Partners

    Electranet Pty Ltd Tara Green Energy Pty Ltd Australian PV Institute (APVI) Avensol Solar CWP Renewables Pty Ltd

    Location

    Canberra

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

N/A

Lead Organisation

The Australian National University (ANU)

Start Date

Jul 2016

Project Partners

Electranet Pty Ltd Tara Green Energy Pty Ltd Australian PV Institute (APVI) Avensol Solar CWP Renewables Pty Ltd

Location

Canberra

Status

Current

Project innovation

The study aims to produce a comprehensive, rank-ordered online atlas of the most prospective STORES sites in Australia, made publically available on the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) website, and as a GIS data file. The study will also develop a costing tool allowing users to estimate the cost of developing a STORES system at an identified site.

The study will provide a detailed analysis of how STORES best integrate into grids to increase the amount of renewable energy, an analysis of potential environmental and water consumption impacts associated with STORES, and a comparison of STORES with other key energy storage technologies.

Benefit

The study will facilitate improved knowledge about the potential for STORES as a low-cost, mass-storage option to increase the amount of variable solar and wind energy, and further facilitate the development of STORES projects.

Contact information

Professor Andrew Blakers

+61 2 612 55905

andrew.blakers@anu.edu.au

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