This week, the Austrian National University in Canberra released details on 22,000 sites it had identified in Australia as suitable for pumped hydro.
The Coffs Coast and Bellingen Shire are surrounded by many sites. Following is an overview of the research, background on the technology and graphics.
What does it tell us? It tells us that 100 percent clean renewable energy is in reach within a generation. It also tells us that that the obsession of Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, their parties and the government is nothing more than that crazy, lazy and short-termism at its worst.
Labor is a supporter of pumped hydro:
“The future of building electricity in this country will be a mix between renewable energy, gas-fired generation, and the very exciting technology around battery storage and pumped hydro storage that’s coming on board very soon,” Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change. (Source: ABC)
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified about 22,000 potential sites across Australia for pumped hydro energy storage, which can be used to support a secure and cheap national electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy.The zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power.Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said the short-term off-river pumped hydro energy storage (STORES) sites combined had a potential storage capacity of 67,000 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) – much more than the capacity required for a zero-emissions grid.Site searching and development of a PHES cost model are being explored as part of an ARENA funded project.
- ARENA commissioned article in The Conversation
- Background on pumped hydro (Source: ARENA)
- Background on pumped hydro from ANU (Source: The Conversation)
- News release (Source: ANU)
- Detailed information (Sources: ANU)
- Google Map link for reservoir locations