European Hydropower Storage

Assessment of European Pumped Hydropower Storage Potential

(This is posted on behalf of the JRC – Joint Research Centre)

Dear colleagues

We have finished our modelling of the potential for pumped hydropower storage in 21 European countries (see list below). This potential is the result of adding up individual results from 3500 sites (topology A – one existing reservoir) and up to 2500 schemes (topology B – linking two existing reservoirs).
We are analysing the results and expect to be able to report by mid-February. In the mean time, may I ask you what specific analysis would you like to see reported? (please leave a comment or use the contact form)

We already intent to present:
– potential PHS capacity (GWh) vs. gross national electricity consumption (GWh);
– potential PHS capacity (GWh) vs. existing PHS capacity (MW)
– potential PHS capacity (GWh) vs. generation from existing PHS capacity (GWh)
(assuming a certain number of hours for the pump-turbine cycle) potential PHS generation (GWh) vs. generation from existing PHS capacity (GWh)

Kind regards
Roberto Lacal

Countries modelled: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom
Roberto Lacal Arántegui
Energy Systems Evaluation Unit
JRC – Institute for Energy and TransportEuropean Commission
P.O. Box 2, 1755 ZG Petten
The Netherlands

Disclaimer: the views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating the official position of the European Commission