Pumped Storage Hydro

On August 6, Hydro Review will be hosting a webcast that will address the future of pumped storage hydroelectric power globally. Pumped storage hydropower makes up the vast majority of all installed grid-scale energy storage capacity worldwide. This technology is ideally positioned to support the integration of intermittent renewables (wind and solar) into the electric...
Pumped Storage Hydro

Drax Group’s 440-MW Cruachan Power Station, a hydroelectric pumped storage plant, has begun supplying critical system support services to keep Britain’s power system secure. As part of a six-year contract, one of the generating units at Cruachan is providing National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) with vital system support services, such as inertia, to keep...
Jobs and People

CMS Energy and its principle subsidiary Consumers Energy has named Angela Thompkins vice president and chief diversity officer, effective Aug. 1. In this position, Thompkins will be responsible for setting and monitoring the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy, as well as partnering with leaders across the organization to improve results related to DEI. She...
Pumped Storage Hydro

This week Quidnet Energy announced the closing of its $10 million Series B financing and the execution of a contract with the New York State Energy Development Authority (NYSERDA) for commercial demonstration of its Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) technology. The project in New York State will be a 2 MW scale implementation of GPS, supported through NYSERDA’s High Performing Grid Program, which...
Pumped Storage Hydro

A meeting convened by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) saw 11 energy executives discuss with the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Birol, how hydropower can contribute to global recovery efforts. The consensus view from the hydropower CEOs was that economic stimulus packages involving investment in sustainable hydropower among other renewables will be essential...
New Development

Growth in renewable power has been impressive over the past five years, however, too little is happening in the heating, cooling and transport sectors. This is according to REN21’s Renewables 2020 Global Status Report, which also states that overall, global energy consumption keeps increasing, “eating up the progress made in renewable generation.” The report points out that...
Pumped Storage Hydro

The 300-MW Mount Gilboa Pumped Storage project in Israel has begun commercial operations, according to a LinkedIn post from G.H. Development. The US$500 million project is located 60 km east of Haifa. It generates 3,000 MWh of electricity annually and took five years to construct. According to Electra, the project was established by a special...