Tasmania’s Hydro dams might become gigantic storage “batteries” for wind power, boosting productivity, energy security and state income from power exports.
Adoption of “pumped storage hydro” technology could underpin a revolution in energy generation without the need for controversial new dams.
Put simply, it would involve using wind turbines, or possibly solar energy, to power the pumping of water into dam storages from downstream storages or rivers, so the same water could be used repeatedly to drive turbines and create energy.
In effect, it would turn the dams into “batteries” for wind or solar power.
The state government is keen to get federal cash for pumped energy projects under an expected competitive funding round for large-scale energy storage.
Source: Hydro’s dams could drive energy revolution, Examiner, 14/3/2017
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