Turnbull proposes new pumped hydro for Tassie

Turnbull proposes new pumped hydro for Tassie

Already rich in hydro, pumped storage can make better use of available resources, with Tasmania hoping to become the renewable energy battery for Australia. Prime Minister Turnbull announced plans to expand existing hydro capacity and add the possibilty of 2500 MW of pumped hydro.

ARENA will examine four large projects: Mersey Forth-1, Mersey Forth-2, Great Lake and Lake Burbury – with capacity of around 500-700 MW each – and an alternative of nine small scale sites totalling 500MW.

Turnbull says pumped hydro can further stabilise the National Electricity Market and underpin additional wind investment in the State.

This announcement also refers to the study by Dr John Tamblyn on the case for a second interconnector to the mainland. Dr Tamblyn’s report finds another interconnector might be beneficial, but will depend on the ongoing development of the electricity system in Tasmania and the National Electricity Market.

See full transcript of press conference at Trevallyn here.

US sub-committee proposal to increase pumped storage opportunities

US sub-committee proposal to increase pumped storage opportunities

A bill entitled the Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act was heard by a US legislative sub-committee last week.  If approved this bill could stimulate non-federal development of pumped storage hydropower using reservoirs under the control of the Bureau of Reclamation in the 17 western states.
This bill would amend the 1939 Reclamation Project Act to remove ambiguity by making it clear that pumped hydro using multiple reservoirs is encouraged.  This would empower state, local and regional leaders to develop pumped hydro projects using reservoirs under federal control.
The US Bureau of Reclamation was established in 1902 and is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.
Reclamation is the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States. Their 53 powerplants annually provide more than 40,000 gigawatt hours of electricity. This is almost enough to power the entire state of Queensland which has an annual demand of around 50,000 gigawatthrs.
Nepal pumped hydro project at Tanahu

Nepal pumped hydro project at Tanahu

Engineering firm Lahmeyer International GmbH and sub-consultant Manitoba Hydro International have been awarded a contract by Tanahu Hydropower Ltd. to provide a number of services associated with the development of the 140-MW Tanahu pumped-storage project in Nepal.

Possibilities in centuries old mine in Adirondacks, New York

Possibilities in centuries old mine in Adirondacks, New York

In this Dec. 8, 2016 photo, Steve Burke and Jim Besha of Albany Engineering Corp. stand at the site of an abandoned iron mine in the Adirondacks, in Mineville, N.Y., where they’re seeking a federal permit to build an underground hydroelectric pumped storage project. The hills behind them are “tailings” leftover from crushing ore to extract iron from the mine that closed in 1971. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)
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