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Title: Underground pumped hydro storage: an overview

Abstract

The status of Underground Pumped Hydro Storage (UPHS) for electric utility peaking and energy storage applications is reviewed. The salient features of major recent studies are reviewed. Turbomachinery options and advances in high-head pump/turbines are discussed. The effect of head, capacity, turbomachinery unit size and type, and other performance variables on the cost of a UPHS plant are presented. Market potential, siting criteria, lower reservoir construction, and geological related issues are addressed. The environmental impact of a UPHS plant is reduced from comparable facilities, and these issues and other safety concerns are presented. UPHS is an economically viable scheme for energy storage and peaking applications, where considerable savings in premium fuels are achievable by the replacement of combusion gas turbines. The technology for UPHS is available, but additional research and development is required for high-head turbomachinery, motor/generators, cavern geology, and system optimization.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6524684
Report Number(s):
CONF-781046-1
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1. information exchange conference, Luray, VA, USA, 24 Oct 1978
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE; 13 HYDRO ENERGY; PUMPED STORAGE; REVIEWS; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; OFF-PEAK ENERGY STORAGE; SITE SELECTION; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; UNDERGROUND STORAGE; DOCUMENT TYPES; ENERGY STORAGE; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; PUBLIC UTILITIES; STORAGE; 250300* - Energy Storage- Pumped Hydro- (-1989); 130300 - Hydro Energy- Plant Design & Operation

Citation Formats

Tam, S.W., Blomquist, C.A., and Kartsounes, G.T. Underground pumped hydro storage: an overview. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Tam, S.W., Blomquist, C.A., & Kartsounes, G.T. Underground pumped hydro storage: an overview. United States.
Tam, S.W., Blomquist, C.A., and Kartsounes, G.T. Sun . "Underground pumped hydro storage: an overview". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6524684.
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abstractNote = {The status of Underground Pumped Hydro Storage (UPHS) for electric utility peaking and energy storage applications is reviewed. The salient features of major recent studies are reviewed. Turbomachinery options and advances in high-head pump/turbines are discussed. The effect of head, capacity, turbomachinery unit size and type, and other performance variables on the cost of a UPHS plant are presented. Market potential, siting criteria, lower reservoir construction, and geological related issues are addressed. The environmental impact of a UPHS plant is reduced from comparable facilities, and these issues and other safety concerns are presented. UPHS is an economically viable scheme for energy storage and peaking applications, where considerable savings in premium fuels are achievable by the replacement of combusion gas turbines. The technology for UPHS is available, but additional research and development is required for high-head turbomachinery, motor/generators, cavern geology, and system optimization.},
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