Pumped hydro an option
A PROPOSAL to establish a pumped hydro energy storage facility at Cape Bridgewater is starting to gain momentum.
The Portland branch president of the Australian Labor Party Andy Govanstone said on Sunday it was “more than likely the branch would decide to write a letter to the State Government seeking the proposal be further investigated”.
It follows a brief presentation at one of the branch’s monthly open forums on Saturday by Gorae West resident and Gasfield Free Glenelg member Andrew Pettingill in support of establishing a pumped hydro storage facility.
The interest follows a study of seven sites – six in South Australia and at Cape Bridgewater – by The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Energy Institute back in 2014.
The proposals are all based on establishing a “turkey-nest” dam and using coastal seawater pumped uphill to the storage facility, then released down pipes to generate 100 megawatts and store 1000 megawatt hours of energy.