Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, one of the most iconic structures in the USA, could be converted into a pumped storage hydro project according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The project which would cost upwards of $3 billion would install a pumping station approximately 20 miles downstream from the existing dam and …

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The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism (BM) is one of the tools used by National Grid to balance electricity supply and demand close to real time. Electricity cannot currently be stored at scale and must be manufactured at the time of demand and so it is becoming increasingly important for the success of the transition to more flexible, …

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UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

A new Government initiative launched last week is set to double the UK’s offshore capacity over the next ten years. If this does come to pass, then between 20% and 30% of the UK’s electricity will come from offshore wind generation. This is partly due to vastly reduced development costs making offshore wind an increasingly …

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Major hydro project proposed for Loch Ness

Major hydro project proposed for Loch Ness

Details of our proposed Red John pump storage hydro project in Scotland’s Highlands were released this week with a number of outlets including the BBC and The Times picking it up. Plans for a new 400MW pumped hydro scheme east of Loch Ness will be unveiled next week, providing new energy storage that is fundamental …

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Wind and solar can continue to play a major role in our energy mix

Wind and solar can continue to play a major role in our energy mix

A new report from the consultancy firm Vivid Economics in partnership with Marki Aunedi from the Imperial College engineering faculty has stated that the UK power system can decarbonise by 2030 without the requirement of new biomass, nuclear or carbon capture developments. The report claims that wind and solar can provide more than 60% of …

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Combining Battery Storage with Pump Hydro

Combining Battery Storage with Pump Hydro

Bavaria in southern Germany – which already sources 43% of its energy generation from renewables – last week saw the unveiling of a new multi-million euro project consisting of a battery storage system combined with a pump storage hydro plant operated by multi-national utility Engie. The event was attended by the Bavarian state minister for …

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Scotland’s new offshore capabilities

Scotland’s new offshore capabilities

Crown Estates Scotland has published a paper which includes a draft leasing process to encourage new offshore wind farms in Scotland’s waters claiming that it is necessary to ensure new projects are built from to second half of the 2020s and beyond. The estate says it aims to support innovation, create jobs and stimulate economic …

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PUMPED STORAGE HYDRO & THE FUTURE ENERGY MIX

PUMPED STORAGE HYDRO & THE FUTURE ENERGY MIX

As the UK continues on its inexorable path to a carbon free energy world, the questions around how this is achieved and the paths that should be taken become ever more pertinent. With the continued closure of large, dirty coal plant, coupled with the drive towards the electrification of transport and heat, the UK’s peak …

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Glasgow’s first high temperature water source heat pump

Glasgow’s first high temperature water source heat pump

Star Renewable Energy were one of the star turns (please excuse the terrible pun) at Scotland’s All-Energy Exhibition and Conference last week. Thousands of professionals from throughout the industry attended the showcase event in Glasgow and local low carbon water source heat pump manufacturers discussed the challenges of implementing industrial scale water source heat pumps. …

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Storage is getting bigger, while storage solutions (and markets) are getting smarter

Storage is getting bigger, while storage solutions (and markets) are getting smarter

The ILI office have taken a keen interest in SSE’s plans to increase their Coire Glas pumped storage hydro-electric project.  The energy company have sought approval from the Scottish Government to change their proposals from the approved 600MW-capacity (approved in 2013), up to 1,500MW.  This not only doubles the site of the project.  Coire Glas …

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