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Which one is better Pump Storage Plant or Battery Storage Plant?

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Pumped storage plants and battery storage plants each have their own advantages and disadvantages. 

Some of the benefits of Pumped Storage Plants 

  • Have longer lifetimes
  • May have lower operating costs

And Battery Storage Plants have

  • Faster response times, 
  • Higher efficiency, and 
  • Lower maintenance costs. 

Pumped storage plants also require large reservoirs and can have environmental impacts. In contrast, battery storage plants require a smaller footprint and can be located closer to where the energy is needed.

In some cases, pumped storage plants may be more suitable for larger-scale projects where energy storage is required over more extended periods of time, while battery storage plants may be more suitable for smaller-scale projects or for applications where fast response times are needed. Additionally, the cost of each technology can vary widely depending on the specific requirements of the project, the location, and other factors.

The best energy storage solution will depend on the specific requirements and goals of the project, as well as the local energy market conditions. A comprehensive evaluation of the costs, benefits, and trade-offs of each technology should be conducted to determine the most suitable energy storage solution for a particular application.

Ultimately to ensure a sustainable and resilient energy system for our kids' future, it is important to invest in renewable energy sources and energy storage technologies that can help balance the grid and ensure a reliable and stable supply of electricity.

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Andrew Blakers on Feb 28, 2023

Mass storage is a solved problem.

We need both batteries and pumped hydro. Batteries are best for storage of seconds to hours and pumped hydro is best ofr hours to days.

The USA has 35,000 off-river pumped hydro sites to choose from, which is about 200X more than needed. None require new dams on rivers.

Australia (population 26M) has 15GW of pumped hydro announced or under construction. None involve new dams on rivers.

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Aniket Kumar on Mar 2, 2023

Yeah but there are different ways to see it. Yes a balance between batteries and pumped hydro is need.

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