The Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) feasibility study will explore the technical and commercial feasibility of expanding the existing Shoalhaven PHES Scheme.
How the project works
The Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Expansion Feasibility Study scheme will be approached by Origin Energy in two stages:
- Stage 1 (completed) identified a preferred option for expanding the scheme
- Stage 2 is funded by ARENA and will explore the technical and commercial feasibility of the preferred option, which will include determining the final design and capital costs and may lead to a final investment decision.
Area of innovation
As the economy decarbonises and as baseload coal generation retires, more intermittent energy generation (such as wind and solar) will enter the market. This creates the need for increased sources of dispatchable energy generation such as pumped hydro, as well as the need for large-scale energy storage.
Report: Shoalhaven Knowledge Sharing Report 2
This report details is the final knowledge sharing report with a complete overview of the fundings of the full feasibility study.Read the report
Report: Shoalhaven Knowledge Sharing Report 1
This report details the market and commercial considerations required to support the development of a pumped hydro scheme in Australia. It also provides a progress update on the full feasibility study.Read the report
Media Release: Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Could Double in Size
On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA has today announced $2 million in funding for Origin Energy to assess the feasibility of expanding the Shoalhaven Pumped Hydro Scheme.Read the report
Stage two of the project will determine whether the expansion of the PHES Scheme is feasible. Should the scheme be expanded it will provide increased reliable renewable energy.
Reservoirs of water are poised to play a key role storing renewable energy to bolster the grid.Read more