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TC Energy Advancing Ontario Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
TC Energy
Date: 2021-07-30
Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. is reporting an agreement with the Canadian Department of National Defense for development of a 1,000 MW pumped hydro energy storage project on federal lands in Ontario.

The multi-billion Ontario Pumped Storage Project, which would be Ontario's largest energy storage project, would optimize the province's electricity system and deliver roughly $250 million in annual savings to electricity consumers, provide emission-free electricity for the province while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an expected 490,000 tpy -- the equivalent of removing 150,000 cars from Ontario roads.

The project also aims in part to reduce the amount of electricity exported from the province to Quebec and Manitoba, as well as to New York, Michigan, and Minnesota, at a loss of $384 million ($309 million US). (Source: TC Energy, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-7859, www.tcenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TC Energy news,  Energy STorage news,  Pumped Hydro Energy STorage news,  


Loch Ness Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
ILI Group
Date: 2021-06-21
The Scottish Government reports approval of Red John, a 450 MW pumped storage hydro scheme on the shores of Loch Ness.

Approval of the £550 million project signals the start of a process which could see hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the local economy and should bring up to 700 direct and indirect jobs to the area save over 45 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. There is currently a pipeline of over 5GW of pumped storage in the UK. (Source: ILI Group, insider.co.uk, 21 June, 2021) Contact: ILI Group, Mark Wilson CEO, +44 1698 891352, www.ili-group.com; Red John, www.redjohnpsh.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


ARENA Supports Aussie Solar-Hydro Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
ARENA, RayGen Resources
Date: 2021-06-11
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $15 million in funding to Victoria-based RayGen Resources Pty Ltd to construct a "first of its kind" $30 million solar-hydro power plant that incorporates 4 MW of solar PV generation and 3 MW / 50 MWh of dispatchable energy storage capacity in north-west Victoria.

RayGen's solar-hydro power plant consists of RayGen's proprietary PV Ultra, a concentrating photovoltaic solar co-generation tower, combined with its patented electro-thermal storage. The technology generates heat as a by-product which is captured and used for thermal storage. The electro-thermal storage system consists of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, industrial chillers and two insulated water-based thermal storage pits or reservoirs, each roughly the size of four Olympic size swimming pools. One of the reservoirs is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees and the other at close to 0 degrees, and the temperature difference is used to generate dispatchable electricity using ORC turbines, according to RayGen.

The project builds on a feasibility study and development work supported by a $3 million ARENA grant in March 2020. ARENA also supported RayGen with $8.67 million in funding to develop and construct its 1-MW PV Ultra pilot project in Newbridge, Victoria. (Source: ARENA, PR, June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, enquiries@raygen.com, www.raygen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  RayGen Resources,  Solat,  Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


GE, BE Power Agree on Aussie Pumped Hydro Storage Project (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-12-18
In the Land Down Under, GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Melbourne-based BE Power to co-develop a 400MW pumped hydro storage project in Toowoomba, Australia.

GE's Hydro Solutions business unit will provide design, technical and commercial support as well as help secure necessary financing for the project which, when fully operational, will generate sufficient power for 200,000 households in the state of Queensland. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: BE Power, Scott Walkem, Managing Dir., enquiries@bepower.com.au, www.bepower.com.au; GE Hydro Solutions, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/hydro-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Hydro,  Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  


Oregon Pumped Energy Storage Project Advancing (Ind. Report)
Rye Development,National Grid
Date: 2020-07-06
In Oregon, Boston-based Rye Development and Portland-based National Grid are reporting their $740 million Swan Lake Energy Storage closed-loop pumped-hydro energy storage project is moving forward with a 15-year property tax break recently approved by Klamath County Commissioners in mid-June.

The 394-watt project, once constructed, will span a total 300 acres and include two 65-acre reservoirs, to be located about 11 miles northeast of Klamath Falls. Construction is slated to get underway in December 2021 and anticipated to be finished in 2025, according to developers. (Source: Rye Development, Herald & News, 5 July, 2020) Contact: National Grid Ventures , Nate Sandvig, Dir. U.S. Strategic Growth , www.nationalgrid.com; Rye Development, www.ryedevelopment.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rye Development,  Energy Storage,  Pumped Hydro,  National Grid,  


Daybreak Proposes AZ Pumped-Hydro Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Daybreak Power
Date: 2020-01-20
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based gigawatt-scale energy storage projects developer Daybreak Power Inc. is reporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted the company's application for a preliminary permit for its proposed $3.6 billion, 2,200 MW Navajo Energy Storage Station at the retired Navajo Generating Station coal plant near Page, Arizona.

The Navajo Energy Storage Station (NESS) is a pumped storage hydropower facility that would use water from Lake Powell and a new reservoir on a plateau above the lake to create a gigantic battery. The facility would use solar and wind energy to pump water to the upper reservoir, then release it through turbines to generate 10 hours of renewable energy each day to power cities in California, Arizona and Nevada.

The NESS facility is Daybreak's second huge energy storage project, following its proposed 1,540 MW Next Generation Pumped Storage facility that would utilize water from Lake Mead and transmission infrastructure near Hoover Dam, according to the release. (Source: Daybreak Power,PR, Website, 17Jan., 2020) Contact: Daybreak Power, Jim Day, CEO, 703-624-4971,jim@daybreakpower.com, www.daybreakpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro,  Daybreak Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Chinese Utility Planning 6 GW of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (Int'l)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-18
In Beijing, China's State Grid Corporation of China reports it plans to invest $5.67 billion to construct five pumped-storage hydropower plants totaling 6 GW by 2026. The facilities are slated for the provinces of Jilin, Hebei, Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as in the Xinjiang region. The state-controlled utility adds that China intends to add some 40 GW of pumped storage capacity by 2020. (Source: State Grid Corporation of China, Various Media, Jan., 2019) Contact: State Grid Corporation of China, www.sgcc.com.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  


Snowy Hydro Expanding Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Snowy Hydro
Date: 2018-12-14
In the Land Down UNder, Cooma, NSW-based Snowy Hydro Limited reports its board has approved a final investment decision to proceed with the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped-storage hydro expansion, subject to shareholder approval.

Snowy 2.0, a pumped-storage hydro expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, will provide as much as 2,000 MW of on-demand electric power generation and 350,000 MWh of large-scale energy storage at an expected cost of $4.5 billion.

Snowy Hydro owns and operates about 5,500 MW of generation capacity, including the Snowy Mountains scheme in Australia. (Source: Snowy Hydro Ltd., Hydro World, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Snowy Hydro, + 61 2 6453 2888, info@snowyhydro.com.au, www.snowyhydro.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Hydro Energy Storage,  Pumped Energy Storage,  


Move Over Nessie -- Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Planned for Loch Ness (Int'l Report)
Intelligent Land Investments Group
Date: 2018-10-31
Intelligent Land Investments Group (ILI) is reporting plans to develop "Red John", a new 400-MW pumped hydro energy storage project in the Scottish Highlands using Loch Ness as the tail pond.

The proposed Red John renewable energy storage project could provide 2.4GWh of storage capacity for the grid over a six-hour period.Subject to planning and other approvals, the company looks to start pre-construction work immediately with full construction starting in 2020. (Source: Intelligent Land Investment Group, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: ILI, Mark Wilson, CEO, +44 1698 891352, www.ili-energy.com; Red John Project,www.redjohnpsh.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Aussie Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Study Funded (Int'l Report)
Origin Energy
Date: 2018-10-29
In Canberra, the Australian federal government government has announced $2 million of funding for an Origin Energy study into the proposed expansion of its Shoalhaven pumped hydro energy storage scheme, a project that could provide baseload power for up 80,000 homes.

The proposal, which would up the station's capacity from 240MW to 475MW should it go ahead, is to pump water from Lake Yarrunga to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir via a new underground pumped power station.

The feasibility study would be completed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and could cost as much as $6.8 million when completed in 2019. 2019. (Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  

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