Economic barriers are standing in the way of “valuable” new pumped hydro storage power schemes in the UK. A major new report for industry body Scottish Renewables said there was a risk that “under-delivery” of pumped hydro (PSH) could result in a higher-cost, higher carbon energy system. PSH involves the pumping uphill of water during low drawdown periods to then be released and create power during peak power demand. The study was produced by DNV GL and part-funded by the Scottish Government, SSE and ScottishPower. The report lays out 20 benefits of the furtherance of pumped hydro, but warns the market and policy framework around it must change if the potential of the technology is to be realised. There are four operational pumped hydro schemes in Scotland at the current time and two with planning. The largest of those consented is SSE’s £800 million Coire Glas scheme. SSE development director Mike Seaton said: “At a stroke, SSE’s consented 30GWh Coire Glas project would more than double the total amount of current pumped storage capacity in the UK. “We’d like to see all parties working closely together to examine what steps can be taken to remove investment barriers which prevent new pumped storage projects being built.”
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SSE keeps 600MW Highlands hydro project on ice as new report shows prospects for large-scale new UK pumped storage power plants are bleak.
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