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Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill

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Alstom To Build Israeli Hydro Storage Power Plant



Alstom announced on Thursday that it had signed two separate contracts to supply two pump-turbines for the 300 MW Gilboa pumped storage power plant in Israel.

The company will provide two 150 MW pump-turbines “with the associated balance of plant equipment” as well as Alstom’s Distributed Control System, alongside an 18 year operation & maintenance agreement. The power station will be located 60 kilometres east of Haifa, and is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

Upon completion, the power plant will increase the country’s installed power generating capacity by 2.5%.

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3D rendering of hydro pump turbine
Image Credit: Alstom

Pumped storage is an ingenious system, working around the inherent highs and lows of existing power structures. During off-peak times, existing energy is used to transfer water to a high storage reservoir. During peak hours, or when there is a shortfall, the water can then be released to generate electricity to supplement and support the existing energy system.

On top of this, Alstom notes that it “helps lower the overall operation cost of power production and levels the fluctuating output of intermittent power sources.”

Not a new technology, pumped storage is the most widespread energy storage system used around the world, amassing a total of 127 GW worldwide.

“This contract demonstrates Alstom’s commitment to supporting the Israeli energy market, providing solutions for renewable and clean energy sources,” said Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power. ”This order further reinforces Alstom’s leading position on hydro pumped storage power market, and our capability to propose to our customers a complete offer from equipment to services.”

Alstom’s continued forays into the Israeli clean energy sector is good to see, especially in light of the region’s pending importance in the global clean energy market.

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  • Matt

    There is really no information about their plans here. So maybe it salt water, maybe fresh. Maybe the retention pond is above ground maybe below. Since it is Mt Giblao I might guess above ground. But no real information in the release, or really anything past the based co release at all.

  • Michael Berndtson

    Here’s an example of pumped storage in Ludington, MI, built in the 1970s:

    http://www.consumersenergy.com/content.aspx?id=1830

    Renewables or excess capacity to drive the pumps and gravity to drive the generators. Same equipment just in reverse.

    • Bob_Wallace

      We built a bunch of pump-up (20 GW worth) back when we were building nuclear. We needed it to move unneeded late night electricity to peak demand hours.

  • Dill Weed

    Evaporation. Water scarcity.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Evaporation can be minimized with floating covers.

      Pump-up can use sea water (what Israel now uses for cooling coal plants).

    • Ronald Brakels

      Well, they could use a working medium that experiences little or no evapouration such as molten lead or ball bearings, but I understand that water’s low cost and toxicity gives it an advantage over other substances even if it is more expensive in Israel than many other countries.

      • Bob_Wallace

        The could use the Dead Sea and have some heavy water, man…..

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