Pumped Hydro Storage

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a very large ammonia carrier ship.

Importing Ammonia As An Energy Carrier Is Bad Policy & Worse Economics

Many power-to-x firms and energy exporting companies are looking at Japan especially, but also other hydrocarbon light countries as a great market to send ammonia to as an energy carrier. That’s not going to end well. Why not? Let’s start with ammonia itself. It’s hydrogen and nitrogen. The nitrogen doesn’t … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image showcasing a small hilltop reservoir above a Scottish Loch, part of a pumped hydro energy storage system.

Pumped Hydro Accelerating Into Grid Storage Future

There’s been a lot of great pumped hydro news from around the world in the past month, so a bit of a round up is in order. As a reminder, pumped hydro is the gravity storage solution that actually works, unlike concrete blocks, elevators and hillside rail systems. We’ve been … [continued]

New Pumped-Storage Hydropower in China Helping to Integrate Wind & Solar Power

China is building pumped-storage hydropower facilities to increase the flexibility of the power grid and accommodate growing wind and solar power. As of May 2023, China had 50 gigawatts (GW) of operational pumped-storage capacity, 30% of global capacity and more than any other country. China’s pumped-storage capacity is set to increase even … [continued]