Hydro project on the horizon

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is finalising a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to develop a pumped hydro energy storage project at the Cultana Defence Training Area near Whyalla.
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EnergyAustralia and its partners are aiming to have a feasibility study done on the project which woulduseseawaterby the middle of 2017.

The proposed project would have the capacity to produce around 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity with six-to-eight hours of storage – the equivalent of installing 60,000 home battery storage systems.

The proposed site has 300 metres of elevation,is within two kilometres of the coast andclose to high voltage transmission lines.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is pleased about the announcement.

“This type of investment in storage providing a ‘retrofit’ for some of the existing wind generation is exactly what I have been calling for,” hesaid.

“The $450,000 from ARENA will assist EnergyAustralia in assessing such things as elevation, proximity of water, site suitability and land access with all interested parties.”

Pumped hydro is a form of hydroelectricity that does not rely on rivers or flowing water.

Instead, water is pumped from a lower reservoir to a higher one when energy is cheap.

When demand for power is high and prices rise, the water is run down again and put through a turbine to generate electricity, and because the water is reused, this process can be repeated.

Construction would take around two years, which means the project could be providing peak power to the grid by the summer of 2020/21.

If the project is viable, detailed engineering design work, environmental impact statements,consultation with stakeholders and applications for government approval will follow.​

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