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
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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
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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, email@example.com, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.raygen.com
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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., email@example.com, www.bepower.com.au;
GE Hydro Solutions, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/hydro-power
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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
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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,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.daybreakpower.com
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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, email@example.com, www.snowyhydro.com.au
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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
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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
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