Estonia plans 225MW pumped hydro power storage facility to help disconnect from Russia

Aug 11, 2022 01:21 PM ET
  • State-owned Estonian energy firm Eesti Energia is planning to build a 225MW pumped hydro power storage facility, as part of a larger press to come to be independent of Russian energy.

The firm has begun accomplishing preliminary layout as well as environmental effect assessment for the works which could be completed by 2025-26.

This means maybe completed in time for the Baltic area including Estonia's planned connection to the continental power system-- and also concurrent disconnection from the Russian energy system-- in 2026.

The pumped hydro energy storage plant is being planned for the enterprise zone of a now closed oil shale mine in the northeast area of Ida-Virumaa.

Eesti Energia stated it is not knowledgeable about obsolete mines being used as reservoirs for pumped hydro anywhere else, which the concept could be exported to countries whose land alleviation makes conventional pumped hydro power storage tough.

The strategy, highlighted in the above image, is for the upper reservoir to be built on a tailings dam, an earth-fill embankment made use of to keep byproducts of mining, while the shut mine underground will certainly be made use of as the lower reservoir.

The Baltic states are presently part of Russia's power system yet are looking for to disconnect and synchronise with continental Europe's with a connector in between Poland and also Lithuania, the Harmony Link project.

Lithuania is additionally undertaking large energy storage projects as part of this step, in its case constructing a 200MW, one-hour battery power storage system (BESS) offered by Fluence. Poland, on the other hand, is constructing a 200MW/820MWh BESS which will aid the planned synchronisation of the areas, the state-owned company behind the project has stated.

Looking elsewhere, the pumped hydro energy storage space has actually seen a couple of substantial large-scale projects commissioned recently. Although little in number contrasted to BESS units, the size of the projects means each one has a huge effect on the neighborhood grid.

A facility was lately inaugurated in Portugal by utility Iberdrola, whose 1,158 MW incorporated hydroelectric power as soon as completely operational will increase the nation's electrical power capacity by 6%. In Switzerland, a 20GWh system in the Valais mountains likewise lately came online.

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