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.
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.
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.
- Report - An Atlas of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Public Dissemination Report (PDF 1MB)
- Report - 90-100% renewable electricity for the SWIS (PDF 3MB)
- Report - 100% renewable electricity in Australia (PDF 3MB)
- Report - An Atlas of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage - The Complete Atlas (PDF 7MB)
- Report - Renewable Precincts (PDF 3MB)
- Report - STORES Ancillary Services (PDF 210KB)
- Report - STORES GIS Methodology (PDF 185KB)
- Report - STORES Storage Comparison (PDF 135KB)
- Report - STORES Environmental and Water Consumption Impacts (PDF 687KB)
Australian National University researchers who have helped to scope out Australia’s pumped hydro opportunities have been awarded a leading science award – the Eureka Prize.Read more